While I won’t be at Workshop next year, this is a terrific question:
What does it mean to be American?
Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience.
Deadline: January 20th.
QG: I feel like My 9th and 10th grade years were times where I was trying to find myself the most because I acted as if I didn’t know how to act… but I quickly turned it around in the next year.
DS: I leave behind the work I did on 52nd street. To show what the workshop school can do and the beauty we can bring to the community.
KS: I quoted myself to say… Remember me from the projects I did and from my ambition. (MC impression — you had so much to choose from. That’s cool.)
MW: (How will they know I was here)
From the connections I brung to the school…the first student with a culinary internship. I want to become a hood chef…I want to own a restaurant in the hood and hire teenagers who are serious about becoming future chefs.
KY: I’m a peaceful warrior. My advice is show up on time, get the work done early, two weeks ahead…do not wait.
GN: The real world is scary… The workshop school is here to help you develop certain skills so when you encounter a rough situation you won’t freeze up.
The reminder we all need about what we see versus what the students see…
This is the invoice my grandfather used in his shop during the 1950s.
Terrific, thoughtful speech. Two passages that spoke directly to teaching:
One, the section about hospitals as truly mixed spaces could be said about many schools as well. This “vantage point” not only fosters empathy but also democratic possibilities; it is within these spaces that we can see and feel difference and commonalities. Schools ought to be capitalizing on this (the best ones do) especially in the world of non-trusting bubbles he describes in the next paragraph.
Two, the section about curiosity leading to empathy made me sit up in my chair. I’ve long maintained that teachers need two things — curiosity and humility — but Gawande underscores the necessity of curiosity for empathy. You can’t empathize with anyone if you don’t care about them and aren’t thinking about their view of things. And you can’t develop empathy if you’re not at least somewhat curious about why people do what they do.