Ogni bambina/o vale

User Generated Education

All kids have worth. Some, though, want to prove to us that they have none. Our job as caring educators is to prove them wrong.

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This post was sparked by a blog post by Brian Aspinall, 5 Reasons Why I Stopped Sending Kids Out of Class and a follow up Twitter conversation I had with Brian Aspinall and Terry Heick.

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This got me thinking about my own past experiences with very high risk youth. I used to facilitate wilderness adventure therapy programs for adjudicated youth. This is a story of one youth in the program.

The Story of Timmy MadDog

In preparation for our two week wilderness course, I was to meet each of the kids in their social workers’ offices. I knew the kids would be a challenge. They were given the choice between going on the wilderness course or going to juvenile detention. Prior to meeting…

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