It all started with that Mr. Rogers guy...
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Nattering Nabob wrote:Yeah I'm gonna homeschool my kid because somebody tried to give him some self-confidence too...
It all started with that Mr. Rogers guy...
Rancid wrote:If you build up kids too high, they are going to crash HARDBuilding up kids so they have self-confidence and can feel good about themselves is NOT going to cause them to "crash HARD".
Rancid wrote:I think this was caused by raising kids with unrealistic expectations on life.Children ALL have unrealistic expectations on life. That's why they are children. If they didn't, then they'd ALL commit suicide as teenagers.
Rancid wrote:You can't teach confidence, it is earned through experience.Yes, you can teach it. Are you not aware that school is an experience, too?
Rancid wrote:Confidence is built from within, not taught. All we can do as adults is to try and foster an environment which allows kids to grow, explore, and build their own confidence.Your second sentence contradicts your first one. Fostering an environment(like school) is part of the teaching(nurturing) process.
Building up kids so they have self-confidence and can feel good about themselves is NOT going to cause them to "crash HARD".
Children ALL have unrealistic expectations on life. That's why they are children. If they didn't, then they'd ALL commit suicide as teenagers.
Your second sentence contradicts your first one. Fostering an environment(like school) is part of the teaching(nurturing) process.
That is not the only reason why I want to homeschool, there are many others, this ad is just a symptom of the craziness prevalent in public schools, I mean you have to be a total idiot to think that everyone is equally smart or equally strong/capable at things. It is total freaking insanity.
Yes, I see your point Rancid, but it's a similar dichotomy. We encourage children so they're not cowardly, but we don't want to encourage them so much that they become arrogant.
Again, I don't really like the idea of using educators for this because they can be professionally distant, but so can parents. The key seems to be philosophical curriculum which gets handed down from one generation to the next.
Nattering Nabob wrote:A symptom of the insanity of public schools?
I would say that if this is a symptom then you are a hypochondriac...
This is nothing more than people trying to help kids...there are people out there who do such things you know...lot's of them...and not only do they try to help kids but they try to help anyone they feel are in need of help in many other venues besides school...people volunteer at suicide phone banks and food pantries and many other places...
This attempt to help others is a deep rooted human need expressed in every society and is even common to most religions...
These people are not pushing some political viewpoint but only doing what people throughout history have done: try to help others...
I'm not against helping kids achieve potential, but I am against encouraging narcissism and unrealistic expectations. Not every kid is going to be a winner, telling them that they are actually harms them when they find out they've been lied to. The best thing, as I said before is to require achievement before telling a kid they'll set the world on fire. Doing it backwards prevents the actual achievement because most people who have actually achieved things have also failed many times. If a kid is pumped up into believing that everything should be a cakewalk, the first time he fails, he'll quit.
Daktoria wrote:If parents want to keep children at home, they should have to pass an extensive philosophical exam, proving they're committed to teaching their children social values so they don't become alienated.
If anything, public education as we know it today is insufficient.
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