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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 5 2012: There are many contributions to someone experiencing shame. Abuse, bullying, as well as being shamed by the teacher. Any of these can hinder education, and usually do. Not to mention the pressure some kids feel to always be the best at whatever they do. When a student has shame, something as simple as writing a report, a poem, or story or doing a presentation can be problematic. Then they have lower grades, and the cycle of shame continues.
    • Nov 9 2012: I totally agree with you. When shame is the only result to any effort no matter how humble or grand how can there be any progress? Why can't the work you create be a reward in itself instead of working for someone else's approval or to avoid feeling worthless?

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