About 1,700 professors participated on Saturday in a new edition, the sixth, of the conference Great teachers! aimed at offering new perspectives that stimulate the passion and effort of teachers with the aim, this time, to help them to emerge all their talent. The meeting, organized by Santillana (PRISA editorial, editorial group of this newspaper), the Atresmedia Foundation and Samsung, was held in the Kinépolis cinemas of the capital, where attendees filled several rooms to listen to professionals from academia, science, Literary, gastronomic and artistic. The underlying idea is that, above the genetic and natural conditions of teachers, "the passion with which one faces a task, environmental stimulus, dedication and effort" is fundamental, according to the note issued after the working day.
The scientist and researcher in artificial intelligence Ramón López de Mántaras inaugurated the day talking about the relationship between machines and humans. "Artificial intelligence systems can not replace human intelligence," he said. "If we invest in education and innovation, we can continue to grow" and "as we need informed citizens, this must start in school," he added, because "with education we can minimize risks and without you, the teachers, we will not get it. "
"In nature there is a lot of talent," said the paleontologist Juan Luis Arsuaga, who recalled that "according to Darwin, the human species is not the most talented, the other species also have a lot of talent". "Human talent is basically a social talent, the intelligence of the human being is emotional and that can not be done by machines, neither cooperate nor relate," he added, and for that he asked for "integration of the sciences and humanities in education" .
"I discovered talent in the kitchen looking at life with the eyes of a child," said the chef and two Michelin stars Ramón Freixa, and encouraged teachers to stimulate their students: "Your job is to encourage children to develop talent." "The talent is worked every day with effort and passion, always have to keep the child that we all have inside."
The fourth speaker was the economist and writer Álex Rovira, who focused on the management and culture of talent to educate values such as gratitude, integration and understanding.
For his part, Jorge Ruiz, vocalist and composer of the group Damn nerea, said that "confidence and attitude" are two important qualities to develop talent. "Teaching also means pointing to destiny," he said.
The actor Miguel Ángel Muñoz He remembered the teachers he had had throughout his life. "Talent is the passion you put in what you do and it is everywhere", "passion is contagious and I am sure that you, the teachers, put the same passion into what you do", he addressed them.
This edition had a discussion table, moderated by the Sociology professor Mariano Fernández Enguita in which the primary teacher and finalist of the Global Teacher Prize 2018 Xuxo Ruiz participated; lan expert in innovation, leadership and digital transformation Silvia Leal; and the advertising creative and founder of Club of the Bad Mother Laura Baena. Among its conclusions is that teachers "are talented to discover the talent of children, but always cooperating and working with them." They also insisted on the challenge of "capturing their attention", "deluding them", looking for "real resources of motivation "and fight" against hyperstimulation ".
The group of dancers closed the act The Vivancos, They talked about teamwork, the "importance of school from a young age in the development of talent" and the essentials of having personalities as inspiration for "motivation and passion in the achievement of objectives".