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I like your approach
And as Dewey pointed out, we are always in the process of learning what education even is. I think this is a good case for the need for greater flexibility in the curriculum whereas schools are now pressured to become more inflexible. They march students straight through a pre-determined curriculum so that student test scores will rise. They do this without consideration of individual differences and student needs.

posted by writersjourney on December 29, 2005 at 5:48 AM | link to this | reply

Taps, I guess you're right. I hope so anyway!

posted by kingmi on December 28, 2005 at 6:30 PM | link to this | reply

kingmi, no matter how this turns out, he will always remember you for doing this and it will have a positive influence on him.

posted by TAPS. on December 28, 2005 at 5:49 PM | link to this | reply

Mayb, No I have not had that opportunity as he is not in any class of mine.
But I think I may offer him some kind of reward for attending, like cash (not really).

posted by kingmi on December 28, 2005 at 12:29 PM | link to this | reply

kingmi, you may need to change tack with your appointed mentee
along the lines that you have built up the rapport with the guitar guy. Have you tried to reach him through music or art or  sport or food?  It's worth a try

posted by Azur on December 28, 2005 at 11:44 AM | link to this | reply

Music soothes the beast. Change in one area will influence him in other areas too.

(B)

posted by A-and-B on December 28, 2005 at 3:57 AM | link to this | reply

DrJPT, I had to go back and re-read what I had written. Thanks and have a
great day!

posted by kingmi on December 27, 2005 at 1:22 PM | link to this | reply

Awesome!
You are great!

posted by Dr_JPT on December 27, 2005 at 12:25 PM | link to this | reply

smartdog, you will make a great teacher!

posted by kingmi on December 26, 2005 at 5:11 PM | link to this | reply

kingmi
Just making the effort is a wonderful start.  I hope to return to school soon so that I can become a teacher.  I like reading your stories to keep me motivated.

-smartdog

posted by smartdog_670 on December 26, 2005 at 4:44 PM | link to this | reply

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