Thursday, October 26, 2006

I've been doing literacy training for the past two nights. You know, learning how to teach others to read and write.

It's something I've been thinking about doing for a long time, so I finally signed on with a group near my house.

First step is the training and we're learning interesting things about different types of learning styles.

Interesting thing is, even though there is a lot of research on the subject, I was discussing it with colleagues and they brought up a point I was trying to suppress in my own mind: aren't we just giving people excuses?

I mean, how hard is it to learn to read and write? How do we know they're not just lazy or don't want to learn?

My training discusses these questions.
But it can be hard to overcome your own biases.

These thoughts have made me realize how I have a hard time understanding that other people just THINK DIFFERENTLY than I do. And at times, I just want to tell them they're wrong -- that my way is clearly better and they should just DO it. That they're just being lazy or stupid or inefficient.

This is something huge that I have to overcome. I like to pretend that I'm very open minded about different strokes for different folks. It's the enlightened way, afterall. But I really do have to realize that I make unconscious judgements about this kind of thing all the time.

I'm striving to remain aware, at least. It's the first step to making a change.

I'm not the most patient person, but I have to learn to be patient with myself in this. Attitudes are not altered overnight.

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