A Nation Of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

ED 501
Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Evasive Parenting  by Hara Marano. 2008. Random House: New York Pages 264.

Course Description

This course examines the approaches to parenting in our current culture. The styles of parenting in today’s culture are more abstract and permissive regarding limits and discipline. These behaviors are manifested by students whose misbehaviors are modeled and protected by parents. The family dynamics in society are very different then previous generations. Social attitudes regarding values and children along with overprotective parenting are issues in schools and classrooms. Ways of addressing these complex social and family dynamics are presented. Educators will develop a written application essay on these issues and/or lesson/unit plan and a research review.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the historical progression of rules and unrealistic expectations that have been implemented in society to protect children from themselves.

2. Teachers will look at how schools have been a blamed for all of society problems or concerns and how schools have taken on the responsibility of micro-managing all potential situations.

3. Educators will examine social change that has taken place that shifts the burden of responsibility from individuals or parents onto other institutions, teachers and social support staff and school system.

4. Teaches will explore ways to discern situations and place the burden of responsibility where it belongs and to address overly protective parents.

5. Educators will then research this topic as it relates to their society, personal lives as well as its impact on schools, classrooms, students and apply solutions to these issues.

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Introduction
2. Rocking the Cradle of Class
3. Parenting to Perfection
4. We’re All Overprotective Mothers Now
5. Cheating Childhood
6. Meet Mom and Dad, the New Hall Monitors
7. From Scrutiny to Fragility
8. Crisis on the Campus
9. Arrested Development
10. Whose Shark Tank Is It, Anyway
11. We Didn't Get Here Rocking the Boat
12. What Parents Can Do for Their Kids

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Evasive Parenting by Hara Marano to your specific classroom context. By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review.
4. Activity or project.
5. Application Essay (APA or MA writing style format)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

A Nation Of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

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