Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Teaching- Don't we want our kids to question?
Teaching: ORIGIN Old English tǣcan [show, present, point out,] of Germanic origin; related to token , from an Indo-European root shared by Greek deiknunai ‘show,’ and Latin dicere ‘say.’
Today my son came home from school all worked up over a speaker that came in and talked to his class about cults. I guess the teachers didn't like the speaker, even though my son found it fascinating. But what troubles me about the day is that the teachers imposed their opinions on the kids rather than discuss the various points that students had heard and understood differently from others. Why not have a discussion rather than a lecture about how the teacher feels.
How hard is it to ask:
What made you think of that?
Why do you think he said that?
Based on what he described, could you see yourself falling for cult tactics?
Rather than impose your opinion all the time.
It's so bad that my son commented today, " I don't want to disagree, b/c then she will hate me and I will get bad grades." I worked there....he's right. How sad.
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