Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Filling prisons and menal hospitals

Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
- William Ellery Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

The skills involved in "reading" other people should be taught to children. A bully, for example, ceases to feel he has power over others when the others know that bullies harbour great insecurities about their personal worth to the world.

Teaching potential victims of bullies is one thing, teaching children in such a way that they do not lack self esteem and do feel they have value to the world is another. People who lack self esteem develop emotional and psychological problems.

Some find themselves in mental hospitals, some in prisons and some live under bridges with other homeless people. Many just suffer from anxiety which eats away at the essence of their lives, thereby destroying relationships they have with their spouses and families.

These critically important matters of human nature can be taught. But I am not aware of one school system in the world that teaches them as part of its curriculum. A TIA program would do that.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems

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