Every kid needs a champion

“Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like,” says Rita Pierson, a teacher, counselor and administrator for 40 years, in a TED talk.

TED Talks Education, a one-hour program on teaching and learning, will air May 7 and May 9 on PBS.

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  1. “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.”

    Total feel good BS. I learned plenty from teachers I didn’t like. Granted, I learned more from those I did like, in most cases, but still, the claim that “kids don’t learn from people they don’t like” is just false. She’s full of it.

  2. … but that isn’t true! I don’t remember feeling any special feelings to my German teacher in high school. No special feelings, that is, until college when I discovered how well I’d been taught. Took a trip to Europe fifteen years after graduating high school and everything came back. Thank you, Frau Vaden, wherever you are; I’m sorry I wasn’t appreciative at the time.

  3. Total BS. I have had numerous former students in my class tell me, “Can we go back to your class? I hated taking your class at the time. However, I realized after after that I learned so much.” They also tell me that Mr. So&So is nice, but that they don’t learn anything.

  4. tim-10-ber says:

    Wonder what the reaction would be if she had said people don’t learn from teachers they don’t respect? I don’t have to like someone to respect their knowledge…I had my fair share of teachers I didn’t like, but I respected all of my teachers…

  5. momof4 says:

    What rot; another chapter of “Teacher as Entertainer”. The aim should be for teachers to be respected; knowledgeable in their subject(s) and the most effective way to teach. From their first day of school, kids need to be told that the responsibility for learning is theirs; it is an active process that cannot be done to or for them. Forget “engagement”, “life-long learner” and “authentic” BS, too.

  6. Totally agree “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like”. Every kid tries to do things like the person does whom the kid likes. Just like the way kids like superheros and always imitate them :). Interesting post!

  7. Pearson simply mis-spoke herself. Kids (and especially teens) can certainly often learn from teachers they don’t like. Younger kids, and kids under stress, however, need at least to attain a comfort level with their teachers in order to learn well.