By Maureen Stout
A scathing critique of the vanity circulate in American public schooling, entire with useful options to counter its ailing results The so-called "self-esteem movement"-a innovative, child-centered, discovery version of schooling-has remodeled colleges into healing clinics and academics into counselors, making a iteration of righteous, entitled, underachieving childrens. An insider's account of the pernicious facets of this possible well-meaning circulate, The Feel-Good Curriculum presents devastating facts that our trust within the strength and value of vainness in schooling is lost and with no foundation. fending off political posturing and political correctness, The Feel-Good Curriculum identifies the 4 particular results of self-esteem's stranglehold on our schools-narcissism, emotivism, separatism, and cynicism. It prescribes transparent antidotes to them-empathy, rationality and morality, connectedness, and skepticism-and bargains a hopeful view of academic philosophy for the following millennium. Professor Stout urges us to switch our coddling, indulgent method of construction vainness in young ones with a feeling of actual self-confidence built from highbrow, actual, and ethical attempt and success.
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Why do you think that this particular group experiences prejudice? Establish through discussion that ignorance is the root of most prejudice, which is why learning about others, their feelings and their beliefs is so important. How do you think society tries to overcome prejudice? Conclusion Further extracts from The Diary of Anne Frank (or from any of the alternative texts mentioned above) could be read or, if the teacher can obtain the video of the story, that may be used. 6 Inequality Learning objective To be aware that many inequalities exist in the world.
Links • • • • • PHSE/Cit: Unit 3a, 3e SEAL: Going for Goals ECM: Stay Safe Science: Drug education units PE: Outdoor pursuits Reiterate rules Ask one of the pupils to remind everyone of the circle time rules. Silent statements Change places if you have been to an adventure playground recently. Change places if you have been swimming and jumped off the diving board. Teachers can use any variations of the above statements, and add more in a similar vein. Question round What do we mean by taking a risk?
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The Feel-Good Curriculum: The Dumbing Down of America's Kids in the Name of Self-Esteem by Maureen Stout