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[Susan notes: Kudos to this MD and child psychiatrist. The fine list of "very important human characteristics that we're not able to measure" comes from Gerald Bracey.



I've argued with Bob Kay on the necessity of schools, but more and more, as I record the outrages schools inflict, I'm coming to his view. I wonder how much everybody would benefit if we abolished schooling for a year. . . and stopped to take a look at kids, talk to them, read to them, listen to them.]

Published in Life Learning Magazine
12/01/2006

To the editor

Letter to be published by --

www.lifelearningmagazine.com -- an excellent

publication for homeschoolers and for those

who wish to raise their children in a less-

pressured and more naturalistic way.



To the Editor:



Your useful article, "In Praise of Average" (Nov/Dec. 2006) reminds me that someone has compiled the following list of all

the very important human characteristics that we're not able

to measure:



Creativity

Critical Thinking

Resilience

Motivation

Persistence

Curiosity

Endurance

Reliability

Enthusiasm

Empathy

Self-Awareness

Self-Discipline

Leadership

Civic-Mindedness

Compassion

Resourcefulness

Sense of Beauty

Sense of Wonder

Honesty

Imagination

and

Integrity



In the meantime, if we really absorb the new work,

MORAL MINDS by Marc D. Hauser, we should conclude

that most forms of parental pressure, guidance, teaching,

and measuring are largely unnecessary while all schooling

and religious training could either be abolished or drastically

modified.



That is, given the fact that we are an innately social,

cooperative, and imitating creature -- without any sort

of inborn aggressive/cheating/Id-evil side -- we can

start trusting our children to develop to their full

potential in their own way at their own speed while

they go about independently maximizing their strengths,

curiosities, capacities, and interests.



Humans can, however, get very angry and/or psychotic

etc. if we're deprived, abused, threatened, humiliated, failed,

or exposed to gratuitous violence on electronic screens in a

society that recently declared A War on Bad Breath!



The young must, of course, have their NEEDS met

promptly by caring adults who feed, cuddle (skin-to-

skin is best), stimulate, play, chat, read aloud to, and

set limits when necessary using, at first, the primate-

derived evil-eye or long-hairy-arm technique as opposed

to obscure words or abstract reasons sounding as if

they were sent down from on high. But eventually

they may have to be encouraged to go have a temper

tantrum since we can't/won't give them all that they

may WANT.



After that, given responsive adults and opportunities

in the real world, they'll usually imitate and identify and

eventually take their place in society, with or without

a fancy diploma.



But well-handled kids are confident kids who'll decide

to do what they need to do in order to live the good life

in concert with others.



THE major problem, however, is that with all this

intelligent handling going on, we psychiatrists and

many prison guards are apt to find ourselves largely

unemployed!



Robert E. Kay, MD

robertekaymd@mycidco.com

Apt. 15E, 210 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-629-1924



Ref:

THE CONTINUUM CONCEPT - J Liedloff

CONFESSIONS OF A SLACKER MOM - M Mead-Ferro

THE SEVEN SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL PARENTS - R Rolfe -

Fwd. by RE Kay

EIGHT STEPS TO CHORAL READING - M Way

TEACH YOUR OWN - J Holt and P Farenga

CREATING LEARNING COMMUNITIES - R Miller

WHAT DO I DO MONDAY? - J Holt

EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED - W Glasser



INSTEAD OF EDUCATION - J Holt

DESCHOOLING SOCIETY - I Illich



http://www.lifelearningmagazine.com

http://www.educationrevolution.org

http://www.susanohanian.org

http://www.holtgws.com

http://www.nheri.org

http://www.tvturnoff.org

http://www.edutopia.org

http://www.readtothem.org/board.htm

http://www.allianceforchildhood.org



http://www.openconnections.org - never ask a child a question if

you already know the answer



"Turning Schools And Colleges Into EDUCATIONAL

Institutions" - E-mail avail.



http://www.kovalik.com/home.htm - for all of Academia



PS For free training in choral reading, call 215-629-1924

***

Robert E. Kay, MD


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