ERIC Number: EJ1032655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou
Azzam, Amy M.
Educational Leadership, v71 n1 p10-13 Sep 2013
The author opens this conversation with noted educator and authoress, Maya Angelou, by asking: "How does resilience develop, and how can we instill it in others?" Azzam notes that if there is anyone who knows something about "resilience" (the theme of this issue of "Educational Leadership") it is Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou stated that resilience is never achieved alone, that experience allows us to learn from example. She says that everyone must have someone who loves them enough to be on their side--then it is easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. It is self-esteem that allows a person to stand up. If children are given the chance to believe they are worth something--if they truly believe that--they will insist upon it, but if they can be convinced they are the best, they become resilient. When children can resist attempts to belittle them their resilience has been instilled. Who can provide this necessary quality in our children? Dr. Angelou notes that, along with parents, it would be our children's teachers. When teachers teach because it is their calling, and not just a job; when they realize that they have a responsibility to their young students to teach them not by rote, threat, or even by promise, but because they care about what they are saying to them; they care about the child and care about the information, they willl handle both with care, and help create a resilient child.
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Self Esteem, Child Development, Resistance (Psychology), Parent Role, Teacher Role, Child Rearing, At Risk Persons, Disadvantaged Youth, Social Bias
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