Here is a wonderful Ted Talk! It’s 16 minutes long but I know it is well worth your time. This is such an important talk to hear this time of year!
Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
How can this talk relate to our profession? How can our positive attitude and belief that we are instrumental in the lives of our children change our school?
I believe that this is an exciting time to be a music teacher in America. We are allowed to prepare children for the future using our talents in music. What a tremendous honor! The partnership for 21st Century Skills has identified 4 C’s that will help our students compete in a global economy: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking. Music teachers, especially Orff practitioners, should be rejoicing! That’s what we teach! Orff practitioners use singing, saying, dancing, and playing with exploration, imitation, improvisation, and creation to teach music and 21st century skills to students. Leonard Bernstein said it best when he said, “In times of crises, we do what we love with even more passion.” This is our chance to be part of the change. Let’s bring back the importance of music education and stop believe that “people don’t care.” Students Care, Teachers Care, YOU care. People DO care and they will care more when they see that you aren’t buying into the belief that people “don’t care.”