|Gerald Vest: Being Enthusiastic and giving Encouragement to Children|
2 comments10 Jun 2007 @ 13:01 by jazzolog : Appropriate Encouragement
Yes, and don't we need even a redefinition of "appropriate" here? Federal, state testing standards...now created by outsourced corporations whose ranks are filled with consumerism salespeople...are the place to start. Teachers these past few years in the States have become discouraged and depressed over what is required of them. Their administrators increasingly aim their own ambitions at the country club stardom of a CEO. Mediocre teachers take the frustration out on the kids. They stand in the hall, between periods, and count the days until they can get out. Sometimes I feel there is a grand plan to privatize public education in order to better dumb down a population that knows nothing except following orders. Gerald, please continue on: you are a hero!
10 Jun 2007 @ 14:14 by jerryvest : Thanks for your thoughtful and
encouraging response, Richard. All that you say is true and I know that as teachers we know how difficult it can be to teach in schools where the admininstrators are overly paid and focus more on their own publicly perceived value and importance than the teaching-learning experience offered by parents and teachers.
I also wondered about "appropriate" encouragement and why Dr. Montagu would qualify a positive or generous insight for a child. He is definitely very precise with his language so we can only reflect on this question.
The question of 'appropriate touch' has also been raised as I often use this concept to identify healthy, consenting or nourishing touch as contrary to abusive or inappropriate physical interaction. Perhaps, our social, political and economic environment has become so false and confusing for our children by glorifying values and people who have contributed little to our health, education and welfare that we must become more 'appropriate' with our interactions with those we teach and cherish. You are the best!!!
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