Week 3 Peer Response to Dave Gibson

22 06 2013
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)

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Dave, you hit it right on the head about  entitlement  interfering with our ability to grow and learn. This is the most common cause of behavioral problems in the youth that I deal with. They had parents who were given everything for nothing and then they raised their kids that way.  A large portion of society feels that it is their right to simply “have”. It is their right to have the newest cell phone, it is their right to have a PS4, it is their right to have $200 jeans, it is their right to have a car. I get so many parent that complain that they have no control over their children, yet their child has been given this without working for it or even having basic respect towards their parents.  I myself, grew up with parents who killed worked hard to provide me with these things. Fortunately I had good enough insight to realize that my parents spoiled me to a degree. Sometimes, I wish I never had that wisdom, then maybe I would not work so much lol.

Originally posted at http://maestrogibby.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/mac-wk3-reading-post/comment-page-1/#comment-49

Grow Up

In the reading for this week I discovered that the book isn’t really saying anything new or revelatory. But, what it does bring to mind is a new zeal for what is possible if we simply rethink our situation. Imagine that, a book called The Art of Possibility causing you to rethink the possibilities of the situation.
As a public school K-5 music teacher I come in contact with literally thousands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators every week. The most common malady that is noticeable in all situations is the sense of entitlement. So it is no surprise that my mind latched on to the following passage from the book.

P. 97 – When we follow Rule Number 6 and lighten up over our childish demands and entitlements, we are instantly transported into a remarkable universe. This new universe is cooperative in nature, and pulls for the realization of all our cooperative desires. For the most part it lies a bit above our heads. Angels can fly there because, as you may have heard, they take themselves lightly. But now with the help of a single rule, so can we.

The idea put forth in the book that we should get over our childish demands and entitlement issues in order to expand our possibilities is a wonderful reminder. Notice that Zander and Zander actually refer to it as a “remarkable universe”.
I feel like they were listening in on one of my conversations recently if it weren’t for the fact the book was written long before. I was discussing a situation with another elementary classroom teacher and I made the statement that the student had an incredible sense of entitlement and it was hindering their growth in the classroom. The teacher then brought to my attention that the sense of entitlement was a direct result of the parenting example they had lived with since the day they were born. This “childish” behavior is almost systemic.
I also appreciated that the Zanders referred to taking charge over the behaviors and thoughts as taking yourself more lightly. Lofty goal.
Maybe, if students lived a little more on the lighter side there would be more learning happening. But then again, we would need the parents, teachers, and administrators to do the same.
Do we grow up? Or, do we grow?

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