Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 8, 2008

What a bunch of wussy teachers…

Filed under: ENDGAME — kariredmond @ 7:56 pm

After finishing Endgame I just feel like this book (well all the books for this week) really make us sit back and think about our roles in the school community.  How can we encourage more communication between “the ranks” so that they eventually dissapear.  With all this reading it makes you think about how every small act of kindness, as well as every small act of unkindness or disrespect has a profound impact on the formation of identity- and the formation of teenage angst.  I was SO frustrated reading this novel as a future teacher, with all the passive attitudes portrayed by school faculty towards bullying!! If only someone, anyone, had stepped up and actually looked into one of these accusations!

As educators, how do you think we can get our students to treat each other with more respect? I think reading these books are a good “baby-step” in the right direction! Also in Sarah’s seminar (which I DO plan on blogging about soon) she mentioned something called the Socratic discussion which gets EVERYONE in the classroom involved in a discussion, which could perhaps give a little better sense of community and safety in a learning environment as well.  What do you think?
~Kari

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1 Comment »

  1. I think the essential problem is a real lack of community within schools. Teachers form factions and cliques in the
    same way students do, and administration is usually so preoccupied with test scores that they don’t spend as much
    time creating forums in which both teachers and students can meet and discuss important school issues, like bullying.
    It’s one thing to have a policy on bullying, and quite another to create the kind of culture where both students
    and teachers will communicate enough to put that policy into daily practice.

    Jonathan

    Comment by scrollman — April 9, 2008 @ 7:01 am


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