our polite conversations won't get in the way.
But, in fact, they do."
- Lorna Constantini
This is the essence: there are often two different conversations going on at the same time about the same topic - one from parents and one from teachers - using the continuing debate about homework as an excellent illustration. Using "conversations in the middle" as the framework, I'd add a third, which may be the student point-of-view (POV), as well, especially as a student matures.
We go on with our polite conversations where the real issues are buried. By no means is Constantini suggesting we not be polite. "Real" and "polite" can obviously co-exist - so why
do we sometimes get stuck? It's the type of conversation that could alleviate many misunderstandings and stress for everyone involved - plus these types of conversations
seem not only more natural, but more productive.
At the 2:40 mark, she also points to research how at-home family involvement/parental engagement has proven to have more impact when compared to in-school involvement
of what the value of . . ."
Not everything will end up being a kumbaya moment but we need more conversations in
the middle. We certainly see what the lack of them have produced on the national scene in politics - but that's another riff.
- CJ Westerberg
for schools on the home page - do check it out.
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