Saturday, November 14, 2009

Is the lack of self-expression outlets affecting child behaviors in today's society?

Teachers and parents have a critical role in helping children express their inner selves and feelings. My belief is that most of the time misbehavior is just the effect of the lack of tools for managing feelings emotions and the inexplicable events of life that cannot be predicted or do not follow a pattern.

“Children with expertise in many creative endeavors have the self confidence that comes from having an outlet for self-expression.”(Page 526). It is distressing to see art and music programs disappearing from the curriculum in public schools due to budget cuts. I wonder if this has an impact in the rise of conversations on issues of misbehavior and stress in young children.

Source: Beginnings and Beyond. Gordon, Browne.

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