Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Since teachers are humans we make mistakes. Sometimes we get it wrong.

In this clip you'll see Mr. Kanamori make a bad call.

And here's the thing: he's big enough to see it.

Like him, I've make the wrong call. Like him, I've had to find the courage to admit it.

For me, at least, this makes some pretty riveting viewing.


Ruth said...

The whole thing is extraordinary, Dan. I had just watched a TED talk about being wrong, and how no one wants to be wrong, we are so attached to being right. So this is especially powerful for me. There is such freedom in not having to be right.

The children here are being taught to speak, to be courageous from their souls. Consequences in discipline should be related to the cause. Thank you so much for sharing these videos. I have really been touched.

Dan Gurney said...

I think I may have seen that same TED video. Was it the fellow who was on the plane that landed in the Hudson River? He brought up the old saying, I'd rather be happy than right. His point was more about avoiding needless arguing.

Anyway, there are times when we're just plain wrong. When that happens, it;s best to just admit it, offer an apology if needed (as it often is) and then move on.

Sabio Lantz said...

Great example -- I don't think he was "wrong", instead,he was "just". The students learned that with right attitude and support, mercy can be requested to replace justice.

I love the Japanese -- they speak the dialect I speak. He is from Kanazawa -- not so far from Kyoto. I toured my bike all around that area on the sea side. Beautiful.

Good lesson.

Dan Gurney said...

Sabio, I agree, not wrong in the end. But in a fit of impatience I think he applied a consequence to the boy's laughing that didn't quite fit the crime. That's the part where he was, if not exactly wrong, perhaps a bit too quick.

What I admired was his willingness to listen to his students and modify his consequence for the talking. That would take some courage and some confidence with cameras rolling. I'm not sure I'd have done as well. But then, I'm pretty careful about the consequences I set out. And I'm slow to boil over, too. I wish the movie caught some of the boy's misbehavior so we could see what got the teacher's goat.

Sabio Lantz said...

Yeah it was cool how he stopped and reconsidered his opinion.