Yesterday I spoke at the Utah Worksite Wellness Conference about how to increase human well-being.
The conference title was “Motivating the Demotivated”.
That title sparked my rant about how kids are born with natural curiosity and talent.
The more time they spend in school the more disengaged they become, according to Gallup’s annual poll.
Why? Because schools, curriculum and testing are designed primarily for efficiency and standardization.
They are not designed to identify the innate talents, beauty or genius of each person, develop that talent, and help each child accomplish all that is uniquely possible for them.
Schools are more like a factory model, designed to stamp people out like a cookie cutter, people who will start work when told, stop work when the bell rings, and comply with everything they are told to do.
Some schools and workplaces seem oblivious to the innate talents and needs of each person. The result is often boredom, demotivation, hopelessness and even despair.
Thankfully many caring teachers notice uniqueness and talent and do all they can to help kids grow and develop. But the system doesn’t make it easy.
Yesterday reminded me of this rant from my 2016 CliftonStrengths Summit speech in Omaha, Nebraska.