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Marian Wright Edelman: A Course for the Next Generation

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Gabriella Kortsch Avatar
Gabriella Kortsch
Posted: 01.26.09, 05:53 AM
Possible Future Selves
My doctoral dissertation dealt with " possible future selves " as we worked with inner-city youth (of all races) in order to bring them to an understanding of the choices they have in how they view themselves, not only now, but also - and most particularly - in the future, and how that picture that they have of themselves, will change the possibilities of their future results. As a psychotherapist I apply this to anyone who crosses the threshold into my office, because the inner view of the self - now and in the future - is all important in how that future unfolds. Clearly, the manner in which we educate our children has consequences in their adult lives. Much of that involves: the fact the we as adults have little knowledge of ourselves the fact that our school system teaches next to nothing about the nature of the human being and his/her psycho-emotional make-up the fact that much of the above is so, because so little value is placed on the inner quest, as opposed to the enormous value that is placed on the outer (material, professional, social) quest. The two should be in balance, and this needs to begin in our homes and schools, but can only begin if we also work with adults
AlienIquirer Avatar
Posted: 01.24.09, 12:27 PM
I think people are generally good but that we are just simply to busy in our daily lives to help that one-in-six child on a direct basis. Government can help financially but government cannot love us. Children need love. The only ones that can provide that are parents. How can parents be good fathers and mothers when they are worried about their financial future or ruminate on thoughts of exclusion? The single greatest tragedy in America is that we don't believe in America. We believe in African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans. Haven't you ever noticed that whites never refer to themselves as White-Americans. The problem is nationality. People believe that America is a white America. Every other group is hyphenated. Personally, I am a man, I am of hispanic origin, I was born in America, and most of all, I am a human being-- a creation of God. I was that sixth child.
ruiz1707 Avatar
Posted: 11.11.08, 10:31 PM
Excellent program!!