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Step off the Conveyor Belt

(via Tehelka) Jenny Pinto discusses how she took her daughter off the conveyor belt with some brilliant results. She further concludes

A child comes into the world with her or his unique intelligence and it is up to parents and educators to allow children to explore their unique view of the world. Education is not just about gathering information and collecting degrees but also developing, among other things, integrity and fearlessness. That, unfortunately, doesn’t come automatically with a college degree. Imposing narrow definitions of success on our children only leads to frustration, anger, fear, low self-esteem and imbalances.

They inherit a very complex, unkind, unequal world from us and it may just be better to let our children find their own answers. Ours was happy ending, but I know that there are a lot of educators, parents and children out there in similar situations. I can only share my story and hope that they see that sometimes the answers lie in taking that important, timely pause. Dealing with Diya’s situation taught me that it’s important to be able to step back and look at our children for who they are and not as cogs in a wheel.

read Diya’s story >>>

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