We lose so many brilliantly creative, wonderfully inventive, and beautifully unique kids - within the system. Their genius is wasted - all for the sake of a compulsory, ancient, static, finite, and rigid curriculum that, without question, from the majority, is accepted as the norm.
Why does this antiquated system (and the people who run it) have the authority to decide what is valid within the context of education and what isn't? How does algebra count, but the enormous number of hours spent independently writing, producing, and recording original music doesn't? Why is "seat time" a thing? Why were the seven, twelve, and seventeen-year-old set up to fail their entire school career because they are not a typically classic student and could care less about the classes offered? How can we collectively stand by, shaking our heads, and wagging our fingers at the "laziness" and failing grades without investigating why they are flunking out? When will we stop judging young people by the archaic rules designed for a different age? And when will we stop coercing kids to learn stuff that has no consequence in their lives? At what point do we recognize how many kids are struggling, not because they are "slow," learning disabled, or troublemakers (or whatever label forced upon them), but because they are brilliant in a way that is not recognized or supported by the system?
And when will we realize that all those lost kids are not broken because of their differences, but have something incredibly valuable to contribute to society and their community?
We lose out every single time a young person is not trusted to follow their inherent brilliance but instead faces punishment, ridicule, and failure for simply being themselves.
This short video explains why Deep Root Center exists.
A huge shout of thanks to Liam Crossen Films for producing this video.