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【美文欣赏】The Importance of Developing Attitudes

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小编摘要:Of all the areas of learning,the most important is the development of attitudes.





The Importance of Developing Attitudes

Of all the areas of learning the most important

is the development of attitudes.

Emotional reactions as well as logical thought processes

affect the behavior of most people.

 “The burnt child fears the fire” is one instance;

another is the rise of figures like Hitler.

Both these examples also point up the fact

that attitudes come from experience.

In the one case the experience is direct and impressive,

in the other it is indirect and gradual.

The class room teacher in the elementary school

is in strategic position to influence attitudes.

This is true partly because children acquire attitudes

from those adults whose words they respect.

Another reason why it is true

is that pupils often search somewhat deeply into a subject in school

that has only been touched upon at home

or has possibly never occurred to them before.

To a child who had previously acquired little knowledge of Mexico,

his teacher’s method of handling

such a unit would greatly affect his attitude toward Mexicans.

The teacher can develop proper attitudes

through social studies, science matters,

the very atmosphere of the classroom, etc.

However, when children come to school with undesirable attitudes,

it is unwise to attempt to change their feelings

by criticizing them.

The teacher can achieve the proper effect

by helping them obtain constructive experience.

To illustrate, first-grade pupils,

afraid of policemen will probably change their attitudes

after a classroom talk with the neighborhood officer

in which he explains how he protects them.

In the same way, a class of older children

can develop attitudes through discussion,

research and all-day trips.

Finally, a teacher must constantly evaluate his own attitudes,

because his influence can be harmful

if he has personal prejudices.

This is especially true

in respect to controversial issues and questions

of which children should be encouraged to reach their own conclusion

      as result of objective analysis of all the facts.
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2011-04-26 14:25 编辑:juliatt
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