complain from kids about his monitor2016-12-23
In the book reading, I find a sentence really funny and also familiar with:
“…while they resent the attempt at dictation. Then they often withdraw and when asked why, say that it is because so-and-so ‘is too bossy’.”
It’s interesting that I heard the same complains from a boy in teaching activity in Vibrant Community. He complained the behavior that his monitor asked him to do homework. This kind of situation I believed not unfamiliar for everyone. In everyone’s childhood, there is always a little adult to keep the rule in our class. We always define those kids who are like this little boy as breaking the rules. In fact, everyone could accept rules, but we are objecting to a rule but to what we claim is a violation of it, to some one-side and unfair action. In other words, some individual is trying to impose his individual will on someone else. This is interaction—control of individual actions is affected by the whole situation in which individuals are involved, in which they share and of which they are co-operative or interacting parts.
“The teacher has to deal with them individually. They fall into general classes, but no two are exactly alike. They educator has to discover as best he or she can the causes for the recalcitrant attitudes.”
I think this is the biggest problem in China’s education. Even though we all know we should focus on every student, the reality is we can hardly achieve this guides. It is not only the matter of population, but also the capability of teachers in the small cities. This is a pity that I can’t find the answer in this book.
At the end, I want to share a short poem from W. B. Yeats I knew from Sir Ken Robinson’s speech to end my paper. He wrote this to his love, Maud Gonne, and he was bewailing the fact that he couldn’t really give her what he thought she wanted from him.
“I’ve got something else, but it may not be for you.
Had I the heavens embroidered clothes, Enwrought with gold and silver light
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and the half-light
I would spread the cloths under your feet, but I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
A sentence from Sir Ken Robinson moved me deeply in heart. He said, “Every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly.”