Feel-Bad Education – Alfie Kohn On What Schools Do Wrong

Unconditional Teaching

  • Unconditional acceptance is what kids require in order to flourish. Being accepted without conditions helps people develop a healthy confidence in themselves. Such beliefs allow people to take risks and try new things. Unconditional parenting is key and so is unconditional teaching. By this he means that we don’t have to accept every behavior, its that our concern and affection are not behavior dependent. Teachers need to let students know that they still care, even if they behave badly. Accepting students for who they are, as opposed to what they do, is related to teaching the whole child. Unconditional teachers also need to push for systemic change and for the demise of things such as the factory-like American high school model.
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