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Some of our bright minds are our bravest thinkers .


In order to create change we must make it happen. Public schools in America should not be places of disillusioned or scattered worship; but of deliberate and meaningful practice. A place where academia and community come together, where a student not only learns the value of scholarly knowledge, but also of mechanical ability, and the importance of his or her participation in society.

Students and the teachers of today and tomorrow need to take an active role in education. As a society, today, we need to re-learn the subtleties of communication; we need to take a deeper look at our current understanding of its definition and our actions. We need to learn to not only speak, but to listen; and we need to show and not just tell.

Moving forward, students need not be limited by curricula and “plugging in and tuning out” with technology; but also need to be given an understanding of the physical world around them.

Without knowing the limits of the past, how can we know about the possibilities of our future? –Without ever having a hand in the real world, how can students ever be expected to solve real world problems?

The Earth is like a storybook we must learn to read. Everything can speak to us (in loud and soft ways). 

Math, english, science, history, and all their subfields are not sterile and un-touchable subjects; instead lend themselves well as microcosmic and actual representations of the real world that passionate teachers and classrooms can explore.

Students need to know how to make observations through use of all of their senses, they need to be inspired by taste, smell, touch, and as well as (but not exclusively) by sight and sound- so they can hear more than just those “loud” tragic, and catastrophic ways the world can speak to us.

Cycles make up the physical and inorganic life and motion on this Earth. Patterns repeat; like a spider’s web, vibrate in response to action.

Experience hones the senses and inspires the mind to understand and create new ideas and deeper understandings.

Hands-on work will give students guided tours of the world around us in guided environments; together, a sense of belonging and community will grow from school into the towns and cities surrounding it.

Students will care about the outcome of the community because they will become a part of it. Diversity must be exploited, but tolerance above all else should be celebrated.

An example of this may be taken from Americas early 20th century where, though many American soldiers and civilians in the 1930’s through the 1940’s were very new to this country they were still able to band together- despite different cultural backgrounds they acted with greater “American Spirit” and more heart, in the face of economic turmoil, and political hardship, than our current, daily, state-of-union.

A passion for life, learning, and respect,-humility, perseverance, ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and thankfulness, are only a few traits of this country’s greatest generation. Survivors of the great depression, and fighters of WWII, these citizens were and still are proud Americans- through and through.

Unlike any other time in our past, we as a nation do not have enough American hands working on/ for American soil. Moreover, it is not a population deficit we ail from but a lack of shared understanding of each other and the environment that sometimes, in order to get things done, you might have to get dirty, and suffer mild unpleasentries. It, in the end, is the comradery shared through the suffering (not just the end result) that make those sacrifices tolerable.

The problem in America today is not that people don’t care about our national or world issues; but rather it is that most people do not “feel” like they belong to a large enough group of people who can make a difference.

By instilling a sense of purpose and ability in young minds, in our school systems, we can redefine our ability to adapt and make the world a more positive place by starting a chain reaction.

We need to teach today’s children that it is “ok to be different” and unhappy some of the time but that everyone must work together- whether the immediate result is benefit or temporary sacrifice.

Students need to be able to experience how great this country is. We as educators and community members should not accept teaching fear to children we have no business accepting. Fear limits the mind; we should remember some of our bright minds are our bravest thinkers. 

Professional Statement/ Philosophy

Kristen Lamake


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