Friday, 18 November 2016

psychology, consciousness, ego in very young children

As I often say - Nothing can penetrate the institutional mind, more specifically, its preconceptions.
psychology: eye to eye contact in children

Fortunately, psychology scientists have decided to test the assumption that pre-school children are very bad at hiding because they they are egocentric - they often just cover their eyes when asked to hide.

The new research shows that they also believe that THEY can't see another if the OTHER covers their eyes.
very young children hide their eyes

Their reality is the exact opposite of egocentricity - they expect seeing to involve eye to eye contact. It takes years of (bad) experiences and 'education' to condition the 'normal' belief that observing a passive object is adequate 'seeing' ... sigh

full story: young children are terrible at hiding psychologists have new theory

tags: children, consciousness, education, institutional mind, popular science, psychology 


  1. New administration must put children's health and education first

    children's health, education

  2. #education - It's not all about the national curriculum education news

    For the coming year, I wish that those of us making decisions in schools do what we think is right and best for the excellent education of all ...

    ... really value the importance of physical education and the arts in the education of all our children, even if that scores few points in official measurements of schools.

    It means organising activities that develop key characteristics for young people such as resilience, problem-solving and team work, even though such activities are not a part of any formal national curriculum. It means developing rounded citizens who care about others. And it will mean much more as well.

    So let’s get on and provide the great education that we really believe in for everyone. If we manage that this year, then that is the best thing that any of us can wish and hope for in our schools.

  3. Study: Nearly 1 in 4 children experience chronic #bullying

    The American Psychological Association study found 24 percent of students face chronic bullying, which can lead to declining performance and a lack of engagement in school.

    Researchers found that students who were chronically bullied had a greater dislike for school due to their “painful peer experiences” that “can take a lasting toll on children’s emotional engagement.”

    Don’t minimize [the bullying], believe them,” Moak said. “It’s more traumatizing when a kid comes and asks an adult for help and then they don’t receive it.”

    Moak said parents can also teach their children how to “stand up to a bully, when it’s appropriate.”

    For more resources and tips on how to talk to children about bullying, go to

    full story

  4. inequality in state education UK

    “My parents had a strong sense that the educational system hadn’t been fair to them and they had missed out. I learned as a small child I had to work at least twice as hard as the middle class children to achieve the same result. When I did show ambition – to go to LSE [the London School of Economics and Political Science] to be a political researcher – I was told it wasn’t appropriate.”

    How much has changed? “This government is making inequality in education worse, not better,” she says.

    Reay carried out more than 500 interviews and identified most with the children who were difficult and out of place: the “fighters”, she calls them. “That was the sort of child I was in school.”

    inequality in state education UK

  5. P.S. Professor of Education at Cambridge University, Diane Reay grew up on a council estate.


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