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Imagine a class where you participate in a movie, in
you play the part of a very cool person, who knows what
do in any situation. Somebody that everybody admires.
Then you switch roles with your classmates and become
the aggravating or problem producing person. The
the lessons. In later lessons you are tested in
"real life situations".
Lastly, you get to watch how others perceive you when
behave calmly, when you are grasping the situation and
when you are leading it.
Everybody wants to know how to be relaxed, even in the
worst situations. How to cope with aggression. How to
motivate. How not to procrastinate (when you really
want to procrastinate). How to get out of an argument
that your aggravating neighbor started, without getting
angry. How to haggle and how to negotiate and bargain.
But we never learned how to do it. Some break up
frequently. Others are always late, and when observed,
always finding what to do in the last minute, and never
prepare themselves on time. Some are control freaks,
never letting go. Others never listen, and break into
peoples words with their own. Some people misinterpret
their partners frequently.
Couldn't it be a good experience at school (or perhaps at
high-school) to actually learn behavior rather than just
getting graded for it?
If not, maybe a website (name suggestions?) could
facilitate video sessions where you can practice staying
calm, acting cool and being a leader.
To Sir, With Love
This movie portrays teaching courtesy instead of discipline. If not JUST a movie, the effect is remarkably similar to the goal desired by this Idea. [Vernon, Sep 12 2013]
||I like it as a practical sociology course where students
can learn about social self, interpersonal relationships,
surveillance society and myriad other topics while also
self-improving and building a social self concept by
watching themselves. However some drawbacks I see
are time constrainst in classroom environments, so
maybe the recordings could be time limited, and involve
larger group dynamics. It's an interesting idea. Some
people professionally design courses and learning
materials and sell them to institutions, so that's what I
imagine this to be.
||Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished by a
||We must be all quite well-adjusted then, for the amount of time we waste here...
||Thanks Vernon, I now watched both, the sequel and
then the original which surprisingly is the same movie
star 25 years later!!
||But he wasn't "playing situations" with the kids, he
was listening to their questions and showing them
his example of how he responds. I'm talking about a
planned "playback" like arena, where you work it out
"correctly" with a coach and the class's intervention.
||This is actually done at the primary school level. They're taught to recognize physical manifestations of emotions and to respond appropriately.
||//taught to recognize physical manifestations of
emotions and to respond appropriately. //
||Very useful for Aspergers ...
||It really is. And for kids who don't get a lot of early socialization at home.
||Lately I've seen many cases of young men yelling at
their partners or to-be partners on the phone in
public. One, dragging his dog while screaming at
his "girlfriend" that she better meet him. Another
yelling on the bus at his wife or maybe gf, about
doing something in the wrong way. And so on. I
started noticing it in the past weeks.
||Then a few days ago I heard a group of 9 year old
kids yelling at each other, with one boy crying, at
the bus station near my house. It was obvious that
they were repeating a pattern they watched on
TV/I8t or perhaps even saw at home, and thought
it works best.
||An adult at the station finally intervened before I
had a chance to get there, but he only forced
them to keep away from each other, rather than
judging the whole group's conduct and discussing
it with them. - He was in a position where it could
have been done.
||OK I will do discipline studies on this situation. You,
having been in contemplation of discipline studies,
have instructed the older gentleman on his
and suggested to him that he advise the youngsters on
their unruly behaviour. In this way you too erred in the
situation by not adding disciplines. So for everyone
is room for improvement.
||This turns out to be a funny idea. You're walking around
noticing throughout the day that many people require
discipline. This is true. I see an absurd situation in a
classroom where the first student comments on the
discipline required in a scenario. Then the second
student observes that the first student requires some
disciplines also. Then the third student says he too will
do dsicipline studies and points out that the second
student requires discipline. Then the professor says
that it is out of hand and that each requires disciplines.
Then a fourth student does discipline studies on the
professors errors, ad nauseum.