What do you think?

A big thank you to everyone who emailed me or shared your feedback in the hallway about our new curriculum unit "What do you think". From what I gather two of the biggest concerns for parents are rigid, inflexible thinking and peer pressure. 

Last week we introduced the conversation we will be having by exploring the factors that cause people with similar brain anatomy in the same situation to perceive things so differently. In other words, what creates an experience. The kids came up with great things like experience, family beliefs, memories and culture.

This week we will begin to examine our own biases. Self awareness is an important step on the road to developing the qualities we hope for our children to have such as thoughtful listening, nuanced thinking, comfort with ambiguity, tolerance, and patience. Here is a quote about confronting our own biases by the wonderful science fiction author Terry Pratchett who just passed away:

"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren't what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don't want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds…Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true."

"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren't what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don't want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds…Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true."