A Cheat for Change

Meet little Jeremy, a boy being made known to many people because his teacher did something. Something us parents are always been careful not to do when helping our children with their homework. Something I have never heard of before. Something that made my jaw drop to my lap.

In an article at dot . learnt, Anna Batchelder tells a short and eye grabbing and heart thumping tale of a teacher stepping in and helping a child out in her article When Emotions Hijack Learning in a manner that would make the average parent scream ‘THAT’S NOT FAIR!” right along side their children. (please read then come back I got a point or two to make on the subject)


Back? Good!

First…good for Sharon!

She stepped into a whole pile of poop ( I would imagine but not sure at all ) but in doing so she made one child (Jeremy) begin to learn. His beginning to learn made him begin to think well of himself. Thoughts like ‘I’m smart” and “I can learn!”. These self affirming thoughts made little Jeremy’s mind start to view school as a safe place to be. Once he felt safe Jeremy’s little mind changed his view on his school mates to, well, as mates. I bet he made friends after a while and began to be a positive influence on them.

So, that is just one child right? It is good that one child was helped but in the grand scheme of things I think it was more than one child. You see, apparently he was a bully. Although no specifics were given, I think it is safe to conclude that he made some of his peers day at school miserable. Maybe or maybe not Jeremy, but all bullies have a negative effect on other children other than their targets.Which effects their, their targets and all by standers self worth. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers feeling of safety at school. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers learning and joy of learning. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers view of themselves. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers view of other people. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers behavior. Which effects their, their targets and all by standers view of themselves. Which effects……This cycle can go on and on and on forever if we let it.

So Jeremy was helped by a brave teacher doing something amazingly simple and almost scandalous. And by his being helped she helped many other children.  Maybe even more than we know. I believe anyways.

Good for Sharon!

Secondly! I don’t have a second opinion actually. The first is strong enough.

But as they asked..what are your opinions?

(I know… what a strange post on a home learners blog, but as I said there are a few reasons why I am home learning my children)

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2 responses to “A Cheat for Change

  1. Thanks for sharing our blog. It is a counterintuitive story indeed! Excellent point about bullying at the end as well.

    Happy holidays.
    Anna

    • Thank-you for dropping by and for your article! It is a story to think deeply about for sure and I feel pretty grateful for it. There are many ways of dealing with any one situation and sometimes the best way is also the most peculiar.

      You also have a happy holidays!

      Corrie

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