re: Re: School brochures

Marian Keyes (
Wed, 15 May 1996 13:25:57 -0400

>Try as I might, I can't imagine separating behavior from attitude. People
>can't help themselves; they often say and do things without thinking, and
>certainly without slipping into an "equity" mode.

I agree that behavior and attitudes are inextricably entwined. But it seems
to me that attempts to change attitudes without addressing behavior are
rarely effective. Us humans are too good at giving lip service to what
we're supposed to feel and think...even to the point of convincing ourselves
we are unbiased and fair-minded, when we're not. I think we're more likely
to get at attitudes through behavior.

I've seen attitudes change in teachers who were required by state
assessments to demand high level performance of students they consider
"low-track". They discovered that the students could do far more than they
ever excpected they could. Consequently, their expectations of students
changed. In other words, how others respond to the behavior changes the
attitude - and that's a more powerful and lasting change than what is likely
with attempts to address attitudes directly.

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