Melissa Bradford (email@example.com)
Mon, 11 Dec 2000 11:49:34 -0600
> According to Pearce and the many studies he has researched, values cannot
> taught, they are always modeled. And there is no choice but that children
> will adopt what is modeled.
If this were true, how could anyone change? In fact, how could there even
be more than one model?
My father modeled racism. I did not adopt those values. Some parents model
wonderful things, but their kids still might turn out not so wonderfully.
Some parents are horrible models, and their children turn out to be people
of fine character. There is not a 100% correlation between bad models and
how children turn out.
I'm sorry, but I simply don't have time to go into all the wonderful
interactions between adults and kids I have seen at both LVS and SVS, and
the positive as well as negative modeling I have seen. Not everything is
black and white. There are usually shades of grey. Students at Sudbury
schools get to see it all, and therefore, in my experience, become very
skilled at discriminating the positive and negative, and the shades of grey.
I've never seen them just choose one model of behavior and simply pattern
everything after that one model. I have seen them learn from others'
behavior, as well as learning from their own mistakes.
People who choose to evolve and grow, no matter what model they had as a
child, can evolve and grow.
I would like to respond much further, but I just don't have the time. Maybe
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