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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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    Gail . 50+

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    Nov 2 2012: I was probably in 2nd grade when I realized that teachers and neighbors called me by my first name, but I was required to call them Mr./Mrs. LastName. I realized at that young age what they were saying ABOUT me by using that shaming method. When authority figures such as teachers are incapable of treating students with adequate respect, shame is a natural consequence and it is inculcated into us in the indoctrination program that is called education.
    • Nov 9 2012: I agree that mutual respect is absolutly necassary.

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