HSC Conference 2019
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Saturday, August 10 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Re-thinking adulting: Partnership not Power in Support of Self-Directed Education

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What is the optimal role of adults in children’s lives today? If we are too controlling, too present, we risk creating a learned helplessness and limiting or reversing growth of innate and critical human capacities. Yet if we pull back too much, and say “anything goes”, we risk another set of problems.

In this workshop, we will explore two key areas to rethink adulting:

Principles and practices we can use as teachers and parents to maintain strong connection with youth while respecting their right to self-direction and freedom, and;

The deconditioning we need to do to shed ingrained societal assumptions and norms about the roles and rights of adults and children in our communities.


Saturday August 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am PDT