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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 21 2012: this conversation is gloriously deep. Yet it seems shame is both external in nature,useful,not useful and maybe natural? I will add a piece of observation,animal in nature,so it supports shame being an experience universal. MY friends cat visits me regularly,and one day he threw up in front of me...he went from vastly cool cat to unsettled in an instant and refused to look at me for about one half hour. I have seen animals express shame,not fear,but a depretiation in confidence and ability to connect. So my opinion is shame is universal..how we handle it,is an indication of how evolved we are at empathy as a group who values others.Personally I am of the opinion that most cultures suffer from post tralmatic stress disorder..and we are incapable of removing the ill effects of centuries of war. Instead we have cleverly concealed these evil habits within our behaviour and continue to reoffend in an emotional loop...never able to quite see our group cannibalism as a deviation,but instead normalize it with sayings,like survival of the fittest

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