Sail's Pedagogy

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“We tell kids to pay attention, but we do not teach them how.”

on October 24, 2010

I just either heard or saw in a tweet this quote above. We do not teach kids how to be still, how to just observe life around them. We would rather give them pills.

A long time ago I was a teacher aide in a middle school in California. He was hyperactive and could not sit in a classroom. His parents had taught him, that others in the family need their sleep and he had to respect that fact. He could stay up, but had to be quiet in his room. This was before computers, so he listened to radio stations at night and called in and won contests. His parents taught him, to be still… and respect the lives of others. They did not try to teach him to conform, only to find ways himself to live with his hyperactivity. I often wonder what ever happened to him. By now he is a man. BTY, he could play chess for hours.

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One response to ““We tell kids to pay attention, but we do not teach them how.”

  1. jim sutton says:

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    I am on the home machine today so i can view them. My work manchine blocks youtube.

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