Mr. Rogers

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2 thoughts on “Mr. Rogers”

  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    “…the space between communicating human beings can be hallowed ground.” Poetic, no?
    I was a HUUUGE Mr. Rogers fan as a kid. I watched him religiously. I haven’t seen any of the movies yet but I plan to over break.

  2. And Alisa that space between human beings in language classes that can lead to hallowed ground in the past has usually only been ground of clay: verb conjugations, etc. That space has been defined for decades in schools as kind of a sad one way street from the teacher to the kids.
    But we all know now that in our field in particular according to the research the process must not just be about an exchange of information, which fails to capture the kids’ interest, but also about an exchange of positive FEELINGS, which is the part of our instruction that can lead to the hallowed ground (what I have called here for years the Pure Land).
    BOTH the information and the emotional happiness must be there and so far in our profession we have only had the one. The textbook companies want it to stay that way. But we are slowly changing and so everyone who reads here and who struggles with learning how to fly the new CI jet plane in their classes can be said to be a kind of pioneer in helping redefine our profession from the ground up.
    Ours is no work for the fainthearted. That’s why it’s taking so long, maybe. Mr. Rodgers was one of those who broke this thing open when we were kids and now we are carrying along his message to new generations. Those of us who were glued to the TV set back then just aren’t aware of it, but such is the power of Mr. Rogers’ message, which to me is all about not allowing the beautiful gardens of our lives to be destroyed by despair.
    Goodness is on its way back onto the planet. The darkness doesn’t like it very much, and so is pitching a fit. But one day language classes will be filled with both the intellectual and the heart qualities, and it will all be so different than it is now.
    Keep the faith, y’all. Love in teaching cannot be defeated by the forces of darkness that flow through the hallways of so many schools today. Love will prevail and it will do so because of all the people using comprehensible input in their language instruction. Stay strong. Go to work next week.

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