Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MC: Compassion, Action, And Change

Marie Cowhey warns us while teaching:
  • not to reinforce stereotypes (example of feeding the poor)
  • not to oversimplify complex problems and their solutions
  • we shouldn't fail to teach for understanding about the underlying causes of problems and to see the local efforts to improve things
  • not to further stigmatize people with the problem who may be in the school community
Reminds me of the Ralph Nader documentary - he describes the scene at the breakfast table and his father reading the paper - he would see a problem and give homework - by dinner they had to come back tot he table with a solution...

They collected and volunteered not out of pity, but out of understanding and empathy - learned to transform their compassion into action...

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