Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pop Culture and Teaching: A Brief Observation

The Starship Enterprise needs at least five different personalities to "boldly go where no one has gone before."  Whether it be Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Chekov, Uhura, and Sulu or The Next Generation's Picard, Riker, Data, Worf, and Troi, the crew seemed to need different personalities to carry out the mission.  The Fantastic Four has Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing.  Each of these characters has a distinctly different personality.  Schools seem to have Miss Trunchbulls or Miss Honeys or Coach Cleats, and they seem to be living stereotypes not personalities.

It seems to me that schools who are tasked with helping students take society beyond where it is now are being taught predominantly by one or two personality types instead of six or seven.  I don't know if businesses limit the types of personalities that they hire or not, but it seems to me dangerous to have too much homogeneity.  Bear Stearns seems to illustrate that fact.  The company had too many gamblers and too few whistle blowers.

I may be finding similarities where none exist, but it seems to me schools would be better off with a few more more Worfs, Spocks, and Human Torches.

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