548 - Tipping the Scales

Posted September 14, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 548

Episode Title: Tipping the Scales

For students to move out of static purpose mode, there has to be a reason that’s compelling enough to them. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—hello and welcome! We’ve been talking about Education with Purpose this week, and today I want to expand our perspective just a little further.  

 

The beauty of purpose is this: it’s individual. The end game, the ultimate goal of education from the perspective of the learner, can be anything. The point is that the student sees a compelling reason for what they’re learning—a reason powerful enough that they actually want to learn it. That is Education with Purpose.

 

But what if they don’t see that kind of purpose in their education? Well, the short answer is that they’re going to stay in static purpose mode, standing still in the tunnel. Is this their fault?

 

No—it simply means we have not yet given them reasons that are meaningful enough. Think of it like a seesaw or a scale. On one end is the student, stationary and not moving. On the other end are the arguments we put forth for why they should move forward in their education. 

 

If these reasons don’t carry enough weight, nothing’s going to happen. The scale won’t tip, the student won’t budge, and we’ll be frustrated. 

 

We’ve got to think about the reasons we’re giving kids for learning what we’re asking them to learn. Are these reasons that matter to them, or just to us? When we can pile up some heavyweight arguments to take their education seriously, we tip the scales in their favor. 

 

Tomorrow: If you’ve ever had trouble convincing a young person to take a step forward, you’re not alone. On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, I’ve got a quick gut check to help with that. We’ll see you then!


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