By Bill Smoot
In the spirit of Studs Terkel's operating, invoice Smoot interviews grasp academics in fields starting from K–12 and better schooling to the humanities, trades and professions, activities, and politics. the end result indicates a cocktail party the place the main interesting academics in the USA talk about their numerous types in addition to what makes their paintings significant to them. what's it that passes among the easiest lecturers and their scholars to make studying take place? What are the keys to educating the thrill of literature, taking pictures a basketball, alligator wrestling, or find out how to live on one's first 12 months within the U.S. Congress? Smoot's insightful questions elicit thought-provoking reflections approximately educating as a calling and its goals, frustrations, and satisfactions.
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If that’s happening, I don’t care so much about whether it’s organized. If a lot of people are talking in their groups and it seems kind of raucous, then that’s good. I guess another influence is that a lot of the philosophers I read were by and large very suspicious of making big theories. And I don’t have a lot of theories about education. I think a lot about what I do, but not in a “big theories” sort of way. I maybe don’t read as many education articles as I should. If I go to an education conference, I just go to the sessions about mathematics as opposed to math education.
You don’t know who’s going to become a fireman or who’s going to become a neurosurgeon or who’s going to work in a factory. But what you hope for them is that whatever they become, they will somehow be able to see all of life, and learn the lessons of life, and relate that to bigger principles of who we are and how we are related to each other. That would be my hope for the kids I’ve taught: to see that everything we do is somehow connected, somehow there’s a spirit behind it. That we need to be able to see through the earthly artifacts to the principles that are behind everything.
Young kids want you to hold a grudge and be mad at them, so then they can be mad at you and have a reason for their behavior. I believe we need to set the example and hold them accountable. You mentioned self-esteem. Are there other things you believe are especially key at this age? I believe parent involvement is huge at this age. This is the time when the child is trying to break away from the parent and the child is struggling with that. Kids want to go be with their peers, and mother and dad aren’t actively involved in every movement.
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