On the Lives and Education of Children
Edited By Paul L. Thomas, Paul R. Carr, Julie A. Gorlewski and Brad J. Porfilio
Chapter Six: “When I explain it, you’ll understand”: Children’s Voices on Educational Care
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“When I explain IT, YOU’LL understand”
Children’s Voices on Educational Care
MARIA K. MCKENNA
If I made the most caring school I could imagine, well, I’d make a school where the teachers were fun but strict—you know, like, they want you to do your work. But they aren’t yelling or giving you busy work. The teachers would care about you and give you respect. Like, they would ask how you’re doing. The school would have important programs, like a no bullying program and a program to help with racism. The kids would be nice and not bully and they’d be able to have some classes they chose. The teachers would teach interesting, important things and let the kids do presentations to show what they know in cool ways. There’d be gym every day, or at least a way to move around a lot. If you got in trouble they would be nice again the next day. Raymond, 6th grader
Fig 1. Child’s representation of caring teaching. ← 81 | 82 →
CARE THEORY AND CHILD VOICE: AN INTRODUCTION
Children are far wiser than many people give them credit for. They are observant, intuitive, and interested in the everyday happenings of their world. Adults in all corners of the educational landscape—practitioners, leaders, academics, parents, and concerned citizens would be wise to listen to children’s ideas and understandings of what their lived...
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