School Psych Corner: Are ‘Kids These Days’ Really Allowed to Make Mistakes?
[Source: Education Week]
by Jon Harper
I don’t blame the architect because I can’t imagine it was part of their training. Nor was it the fault of the construction crew. They were simply following the plans given. The only folks left who could be responsible are the educators and those involved in the day-to-day operation of the school building.
By now, you may be wondering what I am talking about and that makes sense as I have yet to express my concern. What I am referring to is the fact that school has become a place where there is no room for mistakes. I have been in school for almost every one of my 49 years and I am not so sure that mistakes have ever been accepted–or even forgiven for that matter.
Is there any wonder the number of students suffering from anxiety has increased? Is there any wonder that teachers are leaving the profession in record numbers? And is there any wonder why getting parents to visit schools or just sit down and have a conference is becoming increasingly more difficult?
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