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ERIC Number: EJ938896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
What to Do about Tattling
Wilson, Margaret Berry
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n1 p39-41 Sep 2011
The author knows from teaching young children herself how challenging it can be to face an endless parade of students reporting things to teachers as they're trying to teach. Figuring out how to deal with tattling takes time and energy and, as a result, teachers are often tempted to tell children to keep problems to themselves. Indeed, some schools enact tattling bans. While perhaps well intentioned, discouraging tattling creates more problems than it solves. It leads to a "culture of silence" in schools and sends children disheartening and confusing messages. Rather than tattling bans, teachers need to develop a more nuanced view of tattling, along with ways to help children understand when and how to report problems.
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Language: English
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