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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 17 2012: /

    Nice article, Jake.

    I agree with you in that shame is not a useful tool in education nor does it have any rightful place. I think it is more of a symptom of a larger problem than a problem in and of itself. The design of the educational system has to be rebuilt on a new foundation in order to encourage what you rightfully see as beneficial free-thinking creativity and vibrance.


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