Context

Early last month, the Mrs. got an email from our youngest son's school.

Little boy qualifies for extra services, so part of his day is spent working on specific skills with graduate students. The email was from a Masters-level student who had just started working with our son, Luca, the previous week.

GRAD STUDENT EMAIL TO MRS. SLAMDUNK

Your son did well on all of his assigned tasks today, but I did want to let you to know about one concerning exchange.

I asked him: If a stranger offered you candy Luca, what would you do?

He said that he would take the candy.

We then talked about never accepting things from strangers and to immediately tell a parent, teacher, or other authority figure.

I wanted you to know so that you could reinforce this lesson at home.

MRS. SLAMDUNK's REPLY TO GRAD STUDENT

I appreciate your concern and for working with Luca, as he always has good things to say about his time there.

In his defense, I do want to remind you that on October 31, Luca dressed like a cowboy and then walked for more than an hour around the neighborhood accepting candy from dozens of strangers.

It was a Happy Halloween…

GRAD STUDENT's REPLY

Oh my gosh! I totally forgot! Sorry.

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Writing papers and taking tests can be beneficial, but learning via a practical situation (especially getting bonked in the head with a teaching moment on the importance of context) is a lesson not easily forgotten.


15 comments:

Kay G. said...

Oh yeah, Halloween when we accept candy from strangers! Duh!

Pat Hatt said...

The context does play a huge part

lisa said...

Isn't is funny how we send mixed messages to our kids?! But then, I could really go on about some graduate-level common sense……..:-)

Stephanie Faris said...

LOL. Well...I think the important thing is the context in which the candy is offered. It could be offered by Santa at the mall with a crowd of people all around...it isn't always bad. Now, "If a creepy guy in a van offered you candy if you get inside, what would you do?" is a fairly good question!

messymimi said...

Kids can understand context, and i hope the grad student remembers that now.

Brian Miller said...

haha...yes, a little context changes everything now doesnt it....smiles...ha....

Hilary said...

Ahh but even on Halloween, strangers don't offer candy.. the kids request it. ;)

Cute take though. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I guess it's important to be very specific when having the strangers and candy conversation :-)

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm laughing at that. It's all about the timing.

Momma Fargo said...

Haha. Brilliant, Luca!

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
Need a "rimshot" on that.
WTG, Luca.

I honestly didn't see HALLOWEEN coming...lol.

Goodness, what are we becoming, and why can't we allow kids to BE...well, kids?
Great post and comments.

Mimi's right...it's ALL about CONTEXT.

Stay safe out there.

Secret Agent Woman said...

It really is a tough line to walk - to teach kids to be safe and yet not paranoid.

ladyfi said...

So very true! Wishing you all a wonderful new year.

Carma Sez said...

Funny!

SuziCate said...

I love your wife's reply!