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Jake Frackson

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Shame is a hinderance to education.

In Brené Brown's "Listening to Shame," she describes the difference between guilt and shame: guilt is "I made a mistake" and shame is "I am a mistake." By accepting these definitions, can it not be assumed that shame is not needed in schools? If shame is a personal opinion of oneself, is it not then only a hinderance to gaining an education?

In an article that I wrote recently(jakefrackson.wordpress.com - You Should be Ashamed of Yourself), I discuss shame and its role in education systems. I explore the use of shame and why, I believe, it is not necessary.

Working with the definition of shame above, is shame a hinderance to education?


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    Nov 1 2012: Shame could hinder an individual from going to school. Arrogance is also an hindrance. There are so many things that could be hindrances to the desire to attend a school (like expensive fees, sickness e.t.c) ; but gaining an education depends so much on individual choices than on school attendance.
    If someone really desires to be educated there is a wealth of resources in books, libraries and online that could be helpful in launching one on the path of education.
    As for shame; there is no reason for an individual to be stuck in a rut because of some past mistake/circumstance, or because of the words and attitude of someone else.
    • Nov 2 2012: I think sickness is a big hindrance to education.For example,the lasting headache makes a lot trouble to the process of reading a book.

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