The movie “Good Will Hunting” written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, informed audiences about the talents of an orphaned and abused child who grew up to become a societal miscreant and laborer not recognized for his gifts and talents.
The character, Will Good, hated school and eventually dropped out only to get a job as a janitor at MIT where his gift made him the subject of interest to a Mathematics professor who in turn, due to court order, helped the young man find a psychologist who helped him find direction in his life. The psychologist, played by Robin Williams was, himself, an unrecognized genius who chose to work with people instead of becoming an academician.
The authors’ intent was for the audience to recognize that not everyone who is gifted and talented wants to become rich and famous.
They wanted viewers to understand that there are things in life more important that winning a prestigious award, being recognized as the best in your field, or being wealthy.
Loving someone, being loved by someone, being happy, being proud of yourself, having friends that care about you, were all aspects of life that the writers told us, were more desirable and ultimately more satisfying.
By changing our current system of education so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of ALL children, we can end the search for all of the “Will Goods” that are lost, believing that there is something wrong with them and instead, teach them how wonderful they are and how much they have to contribute to this world.
By discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of All children, we can, as a society, begin to experience the evolution of mankind instead of technology.
We can break free of the capitalistic control that tells us we are measured by how much we own not how much we love.
We are at a crossroad in education today and it is vital we demand an excellent, child centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential education for every child in America.
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