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Educating with kindness

In a society in which there is an increasing focus on competition and indifference among people, I was pleasantly surprised when I met the Swiss-Brazilian School at the end of 2016. Its pedagogical methodology, inspired by the Swiss educator Heinrich Pestalozzi, includes affection as one of the fundamental values ​​for teaching and learning: learning and […]


In 02 of March of 2020

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In a society in which there is an increasing focus on competition and indifference among people, I was pleasantly surprised when I met the Swiss-Brazilian School at the end of 2016. Its pedagogical methodology, inspired by the Swiss educator Heinrich Pestalozzi, includes affection as one of the fundamental values ​​for teaching and learning: learning and teaching with your head, heart and hands. I believe this motto is appreciated by all moms and dads in high school. But have we also, in fact, administered affection as an important value to cultivate in raising our children?

According to a 2014 Harvard Graduate School of Education survey, there is a gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to the incentives we present to our children: if on the one hand, many parents claim to wish their children to be generous people in society, the reality is that high marks are usually more celebrated than gestures of caring for others. In the following text, published in The Atlantic magazine, the authors analyze the negative consequences of this apparent disharmony and show the importance of stimulating our children in a more balanced manner. It`s worth having a closer look and reflecting on the legacy we wish to leave to the world.

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Paulo Akira, father of a 9th grade student