Teaching Diversity

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Reflection question assignment # 2 If you have the power to remove ONE word from the English dictionary, and no one is allowed to use that word ever again; what word would it be and WHY?
If I had the power to remove one word from the English dictionary and no one was allowed to use that word ever again; that word would be “No”. The word “No” can bring negative feeling to our children. Besides this, it can also do damage to our children’s language skills and behavior growth.
Young children model themselves after adults a lot. They learn how to speak and act from imitation quickly. Saying no to children creates the chance that they will talk back to us. In addition to this, saying no can become unproductive when it's overused. Children think we are fooling around with them, and they do not take us seriously. Lastly, it will become a tiresome journey for adults and the children. The most influential Chinese philosopher Confucius said: “Do not impose on others what you do not desire others to impose upon you.” Most people don’t like hearing no from children, so why should we use the word no to them? As educators, we should find an effective way to discipline our children instead of saying no.
Removing the word “No” from the dictionary doesn’t mean we have to say “Yes” everything to our children. Try rephrasing our "no" as a "yes", and say no in a positive way. For example, I could say to my child, who is crying for the ice-cream before a meal, "Yes, you can have ice-cream after dinner. Let's go look for an orange for now." Or we could say to the children running in the class: “Walk in the classroom please” instead of no running. At the same time, we also need to inform the children the reason for saying that. In this way, we teach children respect. In addition to this, children also gain their language skills by communicating with us.…...

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