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January 9, 2014

As promised in my last post…

Things I don’t understand: Why things have always been done the same way.

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My last post was about how I’ve always seen the English language as prescriptive, when in reality it is much more descriptive. Or in other words, I’ve always assumed there was one “right” way. But really, there’s many more.

In fact, there’s a green squiggly line under that last sentence, which means that Microsoft Word doesn’t approve of my grammar. Good, that’s the lesson.

Green squiggly lines notify us that what we’re typing isn’t correct. But who’s to tell us what is the “correct” way to do something? Social constructs do the same thing. They keep us in line – making sure that social norms are being followed and that you don’t wander from the “normal” path. But what if I don’t want to follow that “normal” path?

Look around – that’s the normal path. We have built such a tolerance that we don’t even notice most social constructs.

Wake up, get dressed (in something that socially acceptable for what you are doing), if you are between the ages of 22 and 62 that probably means going to work (because how else can you be a contributing member of society?), go throughout your day following your daily schedule on autopilot. So on and so forth – you get it; you’ve heard it your entire life. But what if we didn’t follow that path?

A lot of people might not approve. A lot of people might ask why?

I decided that I didn’t want to be on the same path and because of that recently I have been getting a lot of raised eyebrows and “Mhmm’s” from people who ask me what I am doing “when I grow up.” They don’t know what to say when it’s not the answer they expect.

So, to follow suit, in my next post, I’ll let you know what I’ve been up to…and what I’ll be doing.


Many of you know I am really passionate about innovation in the education system and changing how things are currently done. Check out this TED talk from a 13 year old! It’s amazing!!


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