Monday, April 7, 2014

Tough writes, "It is a central paradox of contemporary parenting (and at times instructional scaffolding)... we have an acute biological impulse to protect our children, to give them everything they want and need, to protect them from dangers and discomforts both large and small. And yet we know.. that what kids need more than anything is a little hardship: some challenge, some deprivation they can overcome, even if to prove themselves that they can."(84) How can we work together as a learning community to develop adult strategies that allow children to experience adversity and even failure if it is beneficial to a child' character development?