"Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do."
My class motto.
Students, for some reason, have put limits on themselves. "I can't speak in class." "I can never do better than a C." "I have to conform to a rubric to get this grade." "I need to play it safe to get into the right school."
I do not believe that any of those limitations are natural. I believe that students have accepted lies about themselves and imposed limits on themselves.
And I believe educators have done the same.
Somewhere between our childhood dreams of being an astronaut or superhero, we begin to let our lives be dominated by the phrase "I can't." We are told by well-meaning friends and parents and yes, teachers, that we have limits.
We are told by systems that only some can achieve greatness.
Implied in that is that the "some" is not me.
There are definitely examples of humans who go above and beyond- who become leaders and kings and astronauts and our world's version of superheroes. But too few reach that peak. Not because there are only a few who can, but there are only a few who believe they can.
In spite of what the world tells them.
David was told he couldn't kill Goliath. He did.
Theodore Roosevelt was told he might not live to adulthood because of poor health. The least dangerous thing he did was become president.
Rosa Parks was told she couldn't sit there. She showed us she could.
And today, a student will sit in your class, a teacher will stand down the hall from you believing that the thing they wanted most in this world is beyond their grasp.
They will believe that they "can't."
DO NOT LET THEM GO ON BELIEVING THAT.
Samsung has captured our mission as educators.
We must not let a generation believe the lie of "can't." We must not let educators believe it either.
I love the line that says "We're born to do what can't be done." It is true, but we have grown to believe something else. We are born to do more than we think we can.
It is not arrogance that makes us think we can accomplish the impossible.
It is raw human nature.
Don't tell us what we can't do.
I teach Psychology, Sociology, World History Honors and Debate at College Station High School, as well as coach the debate team, sponsor the TED Ed Club, and I am the Lead Innovator for LEADS CSISD (A student leadership empowerment program for 5th-8th graders). I am an aspiring administrator.