Mahalo Mondays #18: Mulan, different type of learning, and failures
Mahalo Mondays is a newsletter on the most interesting I’ve learned or found over that week. It’ll range from articles, tips, videos, hacks, and other fascinating things that would broaden your perspective.
Mahalo means many things in Hawaiian (expressing gratitude), but for me, it’s a way to show appreciation and love to those that I’ve learned from. So I want to showcase their work and share it with all of you.
Mulan and empowerment:
I’m not a big fan of Disney turning their animations into live-action. Mulan is another example. The magic that was in animated Mulan and what made that film special was all stripped away in the live-action.
In the animations, Mulan was different (in a good way) and had to use her wits and differences to overcome challenges. In the live-action, she had to conform and was blessed with abilities from the beginning.
People will say “it’s just a movie”, but for children, what they see is what they imitate, and it plays a huge role in their lives. Hopefully, Disney learns that beautiful CGI and action scenes aren’t what makes their films special, it’s the conflicts and development the characters go through that make the characters and the film memorable.
Learning in a different way:
Fascinating article on how this school approaches mastery and learning for their students. The article is titled: A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
I personally believe that if schools had no grades, kids will learn to love education and focus on learning things that can make a difference instead of memorizing something that they’ll forget in a month. We should strive to create life-long learners, not students struggling towards a curriculum that they didn’t create nor are interested in.
Quote on not hiding from failures:
“Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
From her book Mindset
Until next week,