Hall of Fame Member Discusses Poverty and Making Education Relevant

During his 2011 Hall of Fame acceptance speech, Don Johnston, founder of Don Johnston Inc., talked about the definition of poverty he learned in his work with children in Kenya. He said that they don’t complain about lack of food or running water. “They see poverty as not having the opportunity to effect their life,” he observed. They knows, he says, that an education is the only way for them to better their lives.

Moreover, he says, education has become too much about taking tests. While he supports measured results, he is not in favor of the regurgitation of facts. The ability to research, work as a team, and communicate are more important in education and the workforce. “If we can [teach this] to our struggling students, I think education will become much more relevant to them,” said Johnston.

Listen to an excerpt from Don Johnston’s speech.

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