Fear Less: Hope More

1 May 2017 · 3 comments

in Early Years Outdoors, Whole School

Over the weekend, I was contacted by Lauren Weatherly, a teacher educator with the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program. This video was created by a group of her students, preschool teachers, not professional filmmakers.

As Lauren stated, they ask some really important questions. It is a beautiful commentary that summarises the positivity of real world learning and protecting children’s right and need to play. Education can be a brilliant experience for all children if we move from a position of fear and “what ifs” to a position of freedom and “why nots”.

The message that it is up to us, as educators to ensure we give children the experiences is of paramount importance. We benefit and so do the children. This quote from an unknown source, sums it up nicely:

“To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, to weep is to risk appearing sentimental, to reach out for another is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss, to love is to risk not being loved in return, to live is to risk dying, to hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure, but the risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave. He has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free.”

Let’s keep taking more children outside and offering an education that is about life, for life, for real.

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Lisa Hixon May 2, 2017 at 06:04

Wow! Yes!

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David Glenny May 3, 2017 at 09:13

Hello Juliet,
Big fan of the blog, loved the quote. A google search suggests the author as — Leo Buscaglia.
Wikipedia has the following
Felice Leonardo “Leo” Buscaglia PhD (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998), also known as “Dr. Love,” was an American author and motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California
All the best
David

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Juliet Robertson May 3, 2017 at 09:32

Aha! You star – thanks!

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