Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Opus 2017-102: New Terms: Trauma, part 1 of 4, The Guru Arrives

We had a district wide training session for teachers.  Our speaker was Jim Sporleder and he seems to be the latest guru of education, at least in our district.  His contribution to our jargon of education is “trauma”.  His thesis is that every child we deal with is a victim of trauma and the only way we can reach them and teach them is to be warm, accepting, listening and positive.  He stressed that it is not just obvious victims of trauma but every child.  The reason that this is a new term is because it is now defined as applying to everyone.  If you are not aware that you suffer from trauma it is probably buried deep in your subconscious and you are hiding it to shield yourself from the pain.  Suddenly every teacher is going to become a psychotherapist. 

Once again we have another “One size fits all” miracle.  What makes it almost providential is that you have your public schools, guided by ex-school-teacher consultants, to lead you to the promised land.

Sporleder is part of an organization called Resilience Trumps Aces.  They have a spiffy website that explains it all.  Amazing as it may seem they expect to be paid for this.  I know you thought they were doing it because they care about the kids but it seems they have expenses.  It is clear when you scroll to the bottom and see icons of all the credit cards they accept.

Old educators never die and, unlike old soldiers, they never fade away.  They become consultants who after years of working in a system that is a disaster become the ones with the answers to fix it.

Why do I feel there is nothing new here?

To be continued...

homo unius libri

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