Julie and I have been in the realm of adoption education for about 12 years now. From the start, Julie’s background as an educator and her innate “teacher-self” shaped what we did. She insisted that we spend a lot of time creating what she calls “rhythm” and in building a framework.
By nature, I am more the type to jump in and get it done (some would call it haphazard, but I prefer to think of myself as a do-er). At times, her insistence on sculpting our first programs made me crazy! We had important information that parents needed NOW! Let’s get the show on the road!
My approach (then) was to throw good information out there with the belief (hope) that something would stick.
Fortunately, I’ve learned a lot about the process of education over the past dozen years. First and foremost, I’ve come to understand that education is more than just giving good information. It is a craft and for the best teachers, it is a craft combined with their innate talent to teach.
Unfortunately, it is a craft that has not been widely used in adoption circles. There is a whole lot of spaghetti slinging going on out there. You know, throw it out there with the hope that something sticks.
So, just this once, I am going to break one of the cardinal rules of Heart of the Matter Seminars and am going to leave you hanging without information about “what to do about it”. But not for long! Keep an eye out for a new white paper that really delves into this topic of “The Fix for Adoption Education”.
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