CHILDREN’S VALUES AND THEVALUE OF CHILDREN IN THESOCIAL INCLUSION POLICYAGENDAYu Wei NEO27 November 20123rd Annual Crawford PhD Conference
But they would always answer, “That’s a hat.” ThenI wouldn’t talk about boa constrictors or jungles orstars. I would put myself on his level and talk aboutbridge and golf and politics and neckties.― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Historical ConstructionsThe stages of life of a man. Etching, published by Antony Jansen. Amsterdam, c. 1659. British Museum.
Social Construction:Children and Young People as Trouble Poster advertisement by Crime Stoppers, Vancouver, Canada, 2009
Social Construction:Children and Young People as Victims Poster advertisement by Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice, 2003
Children’s Values: Respect, Fairness, Equality and TrustSteph: Some talk to you like you’re a baby in school.Nee: They do!Steph: The teacher that you trust and get along with treat you like an equal but then other teachers don’t.Nee: They’re like, they’re in-charge and you’re just there for the ride.Dainess: Yeah, it depends. I pretty much think that people treat you the way you want them to. Like, if you respect yourself, they will respect you.Nee: That’s so untrue! Like you can be nice to a teacher but she’ll still be a bitch to you. (Dainess laughs)Jack: I think some adults exercise their power a bit too much (Nee and Dainess laugh). They think, because they’re the adults, they can do whatever they want and that makes them just as immature as the kids they’re supervising.
Children as Social NegotiatorsAirmax: The principal’s good if he asks you something, you’ll try to agree to it. But you’ve got to meet him halfway. I really like my teachers you know, because you meet them halfway and they’ll agree with you. Dumb thing is, you’ve got to meet them halfway.Troy: Because if we disagree on something, it’s not yelling and screaming, it’s discussion. Basically, like a mini debate. She tells me why she won’t let me do this and I tell her why I want to do it.
The Value of ChildrenPeople always say to children, “what are you going to be whenyou grow up?” I said, “their lives have no meaning until they’vegrown up?!” And the value of children and the values they haveand the values they hold are to me, intrinsic to the work that wedo. Children always talk about “world peace” and “equality” butthey have all those values, they’re sort of there and yet we aspireto them.But somehow between childhood, adolescence and adulthood,we don’t value that, we lose touch with that and I think it’s a thingfor children to be valued. It’s a whole shift in focus by society onthe value of those little souls. I think if we listen a little bit moreclosely, we’ll probably learn a lot more about the rest of society.-- (Centre Coordinator, SA)
All grown-ups were children first…but onlyfew remember it.- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince