He expanded on his answer to the crowd by saying it was the film that he learned the most from. He had envisioned a story that would wrestle with the themes of life and death, heaven and hell, God and the devil. Bit by bit, the producers, the studio, and others chipped away at his ideas and some of his edgier themes and watered things down until at last the final product was a mediocre, middle of the road "adventure'. Shatner explained that he had conceded so much that in the end he hardly recognized his own product and in pleasing everyone he had produced a flop that pleased no one. In short, he learned from his failure and grew from the experience. He may not have known it, by the iconic Captain Kirk actor was demonstrating a growth mindset!
As educators, we receive many different "demands" in our profession. The pressure to cover curriculum, the obligation to perform ongoing assessments for our students, the restrictions we have due to budget. However, we need to hold true to our convictions of putting kids first! We need to remember that each child is unique, that each lesson is a means to spark curiosity, and each day is a chance to change a student's life. Let's take a lesson from William Shatner and remember to hold true to our vision and not compromise with our students. Continue to do what's best for kids and help them hold on to their dreams!
Me and the Big Guy!
PEARLS OF WISDOM (From Captain Kirk)
"One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it."
"A little suffering is good for the soul."
"I don't believe in a no-win scenario."
Original Trailer for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier