“Every kid deserves a champion” (deconstruction)

Veteran educator Rita Pierson in her speech titled “Every Kid Needs a Champion” states that “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be”. She reminisces about her experience in education, starting from her way to school as a child to 40 years of being a teacher. But it is not only memories and experiences, but a perspective from an insider who realised that motivation and self-confidence fostered by adults like teachers of parents is a key to success for children. And Pierson highlights the necessity of a role model in children’s life that will motivate and inspire them to perform to the best of their abilities.

Rita Pierson brings up the incredibly important argument of a power of the relationship between a parent and a child, a teacher and a student and people in general. She recognises and proves on her experience that rapport with all students is so much more than just teaching a lesson or even education policy. And most of all, she believes that it is possible to change the situation and encourage students to grow no matter what level they are at. Thus, she argues that every kid deserves a chance. A chance not only to succeed in the academic path but also to become an individual or as she puts it “somebody”.

I personally totally agree with each claim that she made because growing up I had my parents and some of the teachers who provided me with support and motivation. But again there were kids who were lacking this kind of attention. Because of their low academic performance or just because teachers did not like them. This is a problem for our education system. Because Rita in her speech makes another claim about the teaching profession and how it goes beyond simple delivery of the material to the question of vocation and mission. Thus, every educator should watch or listen to the talk and reconsider their attitude towards what they do because they “were born to make a difference” in every kid’s life.

1 thought on ““Every kid deserves a champion” (deconstruction)

  1. Great personal reflection on the video, but not such a strong deconstruction of it. (4/5) You give a clear summary of her points and reflect on her claims in relation to your experience. Why, though, did you find the post convincing if it seems to be completely from personal experience? Which biases are present in this talk? How does the speaker overcome them? How do you, as a listener, understand and evaluate the evidence that she gives to support her claim? The post is well-written and easy to follow, but doesn’t address any of these difficult questions.


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