Of course I want my students to be successful.  All teachers do.  But, I think the Ministry of Education and I have different ideas about what student success means.  I don’t think students are successful if they only develop intellectual skills. Earning a high school diploma may be a necessary condition for student success,  but it is  not a sufficient condition for  achieving student success.  Students aren’t  just one dimensional beings.  Students, like everyone else, are multidimensional. We all  have an intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimension that needs nurturing.   Students need help developing   intellectually, emotionally, and  spiritually (not in a religious sense but in the sense of dealing with alienation, with sense of identity,  ) . So Ministry of Education, what are you going to do to help meet the spiritual needs of students?





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2 Responses to “What does student success actually mean?”

  1. Polish Translator from English on January 1st, 2013 12:45 pm

    A student is successful when you meet him/her after 20 years from graduation and she/he thanks you eagerly.

  2. Ron Hanko on January 15th, 2013 3:49 pm

    I have more and more come to the same conclusion, Elona, that there is a great deal more to education than developing intellectual skills. I would consider a teacher successful who manages to interest a student in one or another area with an interest that develops and grows over the years. Some of the best teachers I had were able to do that, one in natural history and one in poetry, especially 17th century poetry.
    As to orchids, my eagerness to see them bloom has been tempered over the years and is probably affected also by the fact that I usually have something in bloom, but the thrill of seeing something new bloom still has not gone away.

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