Editor notes: I hope readers appreciate my harmless humor and perspective regarding education, one that seeks to nourish diversity and talents while minimizing the ego.
Maybe one day I’ll open a school for clowns ... where humor is highly recommended and homework will be kept to minimal, as home is for family time.
Field trips, experiments and hands on studies are the core curriculum.
We believe those aforesaid curricula will stimulate our student’s creativity that, in and of itself, is more important than simply memorizing facts and galvanize the core competence of problem solving skills.
For clowns coined chronic failures, who need to stay home for family matters and etcetera, that’s ok as long, as they do the make up work.
In seeking to develop our graduate ability to teach and to contribute to society, we will all take turns to be the professor. All ideas are welcome, as long as they don’t attack anyone personally. The said rotation also help to build self-esteem and confidence in our clowns.
Clowns who are ultra achievers, can bring to class video clips of the flappy bird, dirty bird or whatsoever everyone seem to enjoy most. If learning materials are R rated contents, please have our approval to ensure that those who do not like such information to make a decision whether to view.
Overall, our graduates tend to enjoy life and learn much more than they believe is possible. Even clowns who can be quite annoying, the so-called pricks, are also less likely to feed their ego.
Our clown graduates will also learn to treasure their colleagues and to leverage on one another strength rather than to be cutthroat competitive. We share ideas with ones another rather than keeping it all to ourselves. After all, clowns believe that sharing is caring.
Any clown who needs to have time for prayers, other religious obligations, can decide when, where and how much time they need. We appreciate and respect our clowns diversity in cultures, religion, sexual orientation and etcetera ... as long as clowns are not violent.
Even for clowns showing signs of anger issues, we will explore, at their permission, what is going on in their life to help rather than to judge. It is imperative for our curriculum to help our clowns be true to themselves, rather than to transition into fools.
We will also not give out grading.
Having much confidence in our clowns student body, we’ll let clowns give their own grades, based on how they feel about their performance. We usually do not have any issues with our students. Nonetheless, those who consistently gave themselves 100% are ones we might be concerned. To help these said clowns, we will have a parent teacher meeting, not to punish but to help explore underlying issues at homes and other underlying causes.
Despite that we don’t grade or judge our clowns, those who help others going through tough times, sharing their notes and filling in what’s going tend to represent us well. We’ll reward those clowns with a nice pat in the back.
Of notable, clown graduates are highly loyal and appreciative to the well. That being said, we host monthly alumni clowns meetings, to create an environment for graduates to mentor future clowns and to support upcoming clowns as well as pricks.
Now there are much risks, as graduates from the school for clowns will not be considered for most opportunities in life. We do not give out formal designation. Hence, you must decide whether to enroll at your own risk.
(Disclosure: The only clown enrolled, thus far, is yours truly, Dr. Tran, but the door is open to all. Please note, we recommend that you do not go around bragging you’re a clown, as there can be serious complications. If there is one motto for clowns to memorize that would be along this line ... “Clowns conceptualize concise concepts coupled with caring and creativity”).