Monday, September 7, 2009
Building is often used as metaphor in education. There is a great book on teaching called Growing Minds by Herbert Kohl. It's a great read and while I don't agree with everything he says, it's full of excellent observations on the subject of education and teaching. He writes that his family was in a construction business and he feels that when he chose teaching he really stayed in the family business but instead of working with bricks he was working with children. "All of us are in different stages of completion or renovation, and none of us is ever without the need for some kind of building. A teacher has to become a construction expert, someone who knows how to help draw together skills and resources to create a harmonious functioning whole, or who knows how to renovate a structure that is dysfunctional or damaged." Same for parents. So much of parenting and child development is abour building. Building relationships, building confidence, building skills, building ourselves and helping our children build themselves. So here is to successful building!!!