Not ‘what did it say on page 577’, or ‘what did you read in the guideline’. What are your thoughts?
The messaging we hear these days is to speak up and use our voice. But what if we don’t know what to say, or worse, what if we don’t know what we think?
It’s hard to speak up when we don’t have opinions and ideas of our own.
School does a great job of teaching us what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not to say – but who’s teaching us how to do the hard work of solving problems that can’t be looked up?
Instead of focusing on learning only the right answers, what would happen if we learned to think on our own two feet and come up with creative, innovative, helpful, different answers?
Learning what we’ve always been learning only gets us what we’ve always been getting. Compliance isn’t the solution in a world that has important, unsolved problems with answers that aren’t found in a book.
Truth is, if we don’t learn to think for ourselves or have our own thoughts and ideas, all the school in the world won’t help us make things better.
Someone asked me what my vision was with NursEd. After explaining to them what I want to see and do with nursing and education, they responded that it was a far-flung idea. It might be, but it’s better to have an idea than having none at all.
People who make a difference know what they think, and they’re far more likely to succeed at the change they’re trying to make than the people who have no thoughts of their own.