Learned Happiness

Erica Bryant of the Democrat & Chronicle recently reported.

“They are among a growing group of local educators who build schools for children in places where things like nails, and even pencils, are a luxury . . . Places that are poor in resources but rich with children who are eager to learn.

. . . Books and other school supplies are as precious as gold in many parts of the developing world. Joan Haviland, a retired teacher, recalls visiting a school in Borgne, Haiti, and watching a kindergarten teacher draw a house on the blackboard as part of a lesson about parallel lines. When she was finished, she handed each child a quarter of a piece of paper. The teacher had four pencils that she sharpened with a single-edged razor blade and the kids waited patiently for their turn to draw a house.

. . . Lupisella looks forward to raising funds for more new schools and for a mobile library that will carry books between them.”

This is the poverty that does not exist in America. The lack of things that make it necessary to rely on critical thinking and problem solving skills to survive the struggle to make it to the next day.

If poverty was a deterrent to learning, these children would not be eager to learn. They would not respect the learning process which for them means, building their school, maintaining it, and walking miles, sometimes barefoot, to attend a school that does not offer them breakfast, lunch, and dinner, free books, pencils, and paper, erasers, backpacks and most importantly, bus rides to school.

Children in America are not eager to learn because they are involved in the process in only a cursory manner.

They are given excuses as to why they cannot learn and have become helpless, relying on others to solve their problems in school and in life.

When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents, they too will respect their education and learn to be happy.

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