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Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend Reading - Getting hit on the head lessons

I enjoy reading Alfie Kohn's articles. He's extremely adept at picking out some of our education-related assumptions and bringing them into the light - not always to their best advantage.

In this article he is responding to the common opinion that kids are going to come across bad/boring/tedious/harmful practices and events later in their lives, so we should expose them to such things early so they can get used to it - something he calls the Better Get Used To It principle (BGUTI).

Getting hit on the head lessons

Once you've read the article, you'll feel compelled to find the Monty Python sketch that introduces the Getting Hit on the Head Lessons, from which Alfie Kohn takes his title.

Let me save you the hassle :~)

Here is the Argument Clinic, in all its glory (the head-hitting is at 4:08). I have watched it and there isn't any nudity, but there is mild 1970s British abuse language. It seems that videos aren't embedding properly just now, so double click on the video below and it will take you to the YouTube site where you can watch it properly.

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