Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carla Shalaby interviewed on MI Radio Stateside regarding new book


SOE research specialist Carla Shalaby was interviewed on Michigan Radio’s Stateside regarding her new book. In Shalaby’s book, Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School, she follows four children through different contexts to better understand their behavior in the classroom, and others’ reactions to them.

Shalaby proposes that “troublemakers” are not the problem, but are responding to and revealing issues in the classroom. She also points to the ways in which we are inadvertently teaching all children that exclusion is an acceptable way to react to others.

Shalaby envisions teaching a different way of being with one another in which every person is important and nobody is disposable: "I think what I am trying to work toward is preparing children not just for work but for work that helps them to be in relation with each other in different kinds of ways. We ought to not just prepare kids for work, but prepare them to be parents, prepare them to be good partners, prepare them to be good colleagues when they're at work. Relationships with other people are not secondary to other job skills; they're central to job skills."

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