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  • Ryan Steinbach

    While I agree with the message of this video, you have to admit that there are a lot of passions out there that don't lend themselves very well to making a living. I think a big part of addressing the issue of diversity in education is developing paths where less conventional skill sets are more highly valued. Now, it may be that these paths already exist, in which case the challenge then becomes making these paths more well known and accessible.

    • matakana

      Please name a passion that someone cannot fly on their own path ...?

    • Liz Dwyer

      Hmm...I can't think of any passions that don't lend themselves to making a living. For example, my 9-year-old is so obsessed with skateboarding that he recently asked me if he can major in skateboarding at college. Now, he may or may not turn into the next Tony Hawk, but maybe he'll end up running a skate park, or he'll be a skateboard instructor, maybe he'll start the next Zoo York--or maybe as he grows older he'll realize that what he really loves is helping give kids the chance to get outdoors and play, so he'll end up working at KaBoom. There's no telling where that'll go. What I think is the challenge, however, is that it's so pricey for folks to go to college nowadays that we're fostering a follow the cash, not your dreams kind of culture. And I don't know if that does anybody any good. What do you think?

      • Ryan Steinbach

        You're right - I've considered it a bit more and any passion can be transformed into making a living. I guess the problem is that those connections (like your example about your son) aren't always clear. We need schools (and society in general) to show kids what they can do with their passions instead of telling kids which passions are worth while.

  • Hannah Kim

    Oh my goodness, the artwork in this video is incredible!

    And yes I agree with the message so much--- from an early age we are stifled and forced to conform within the education system. There's only a few tracks to success available and if you aren't on one of them you get bumped off and forgotten. I hate how only a certain type of person is able to succeed. So much potential is lost because we strive for conformity instead of diversity.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Isn't the art incredible? I kept thinking while watching that I am so grateful that the artist didn't get convinced to go to law school because that's a solid, prestigious career. Also, since Robinson just gave another hour-long talk at the RSA last week, I'm I'm really hoping that they produce a pared down, animated version of it!