January 19

A different way of thinking….

Today at work a topic came up thate realize we need to promote a different way of thinking as teachers and parents.

I think we need to teach our kids to be more assertive in a polite way.

When I was growing up, kids were taught not to question the teacher or anyone in authority.  Because we were younger, we expected them to know more and to be right.  For the most part this work.

In today’s world that assumption no longer holds true and we need to teach kids to be discerning and also to be assertive.

A case in point…..a young student wanted to pursue an AAS degree leading to an RN.  Her adviser told her to sign up for a BSN and even though she didn’t want to, she said nothing.  He signed her up for that degree and now she is having a terrible time changing back to an AAS in time to apply for nursing school.  The spots are limited and if she doesn’t apply by the deadline, she will have to wait almost a year to try again.  The different rules and policies at the college are firm in how she can apply.  She is at a distinct disadvantage because she did not assert herself the very first time they came up.

I would have never guessed I would change my thinking, but the different scenarios which continue to present themselves to me have made a big difference.  I still think kids or young adults should assert themselves in a positive, polite manner, but they do need to speak up.  We are failing them when we don’t teach them when and how to make their choices known.

One of the required paragraphs in the instructor’s syllabus for a course here at the college is how to express your dis-satisfactions or choices directly to your instructor.  I verbally go over this at the beginning of every semester, but that is not enough.  I need to emphasize their right to assert themselves while doing it in a polite fashion.  It can make all the difference.

Father, help me to be the kind of teacher who really helps students with their problems and requests.  Help me to always have time for each one.  Amen.

Hebrews 13:16; Philippians 2:4

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