Going with a Thursday Open Thread due to the holiday tomorrow.
From The Atlantic, a somewhat troubling story about a study finding that kids care more about "achievement and happiness" than caring for others and that teachers are aware of this issue. The study is from the Making Caring Common project at Harvard and is called The Children We Mean to Raise: the Real Messages Adults are Sending about Values.
In the study, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults are Sending About Values,”
the authors point to a “rhetoric/reality gap,” an incongruity between
what adults tell children they should value and the messages we
grown-ups actually send through our behavior. We may pay lip service to character education and empathy, but our children report hearing a very different message.
Surveyed students were three times as likely to agree as disagree with
the statement “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my class
than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”
I have mixed feelings on this because, of course, getting good grades does not preclude being an empathic or kind person. But kids themselves may not always make that connection and put less effort into friendships and kindness if they are not worried what parents think.
Don't know if you missed it but, Rhode Island put a three-year ban on all high stakes testing.
Wishing everyone a happy (and safe) (and warm) 4th.
What's on your mind?