PCE Club - 第53次活动小结
而在美国文化中，最被强调的是培养孩子的self esteem, 从小学教育到公司的企业文化，self esteem是最值得重视的一个方面，因为一个人的self esteem 程度决定了他的创造力和潜能的发挥。而美国的社会进步正是依赖个人的创造力和能力的最大发挥。美国文化也十分强调个性化，个人的自信与对生活的满足感要远远高于他人眼里认为的所谓成功。Self Esteem包含的内容很丰富，不是一个中文词就可以诠释的，包括五个方面：自信self confidence，自尊 self respect，自我信赖 self relliance，自豪 self pride与自立 independent。黄老师认为Self Esteem可以解释为对自我价值的肯定。
这次活动由俱乐部Simon Wang, Alison Zhang，和李丹青组织举办。共有60多位家长参加。
将邀请青少年主讲讨论。黄老师的儿子Paul也应邀出席，将成为主讲之一。时间：7 pm - 8 pm, Feb. 16th, Sat.
地点：Savior Lutheran Church, at 50 Calvert Avenue East, Edison, NJ 08820-3248
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The PCE Club's 53th monthly event was very successfully held on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Asian Cultural Center. The meeting began with PCE�s unique program: Children Talent Performances. After the extremely entertaining shows by the kids from 2 to 10 years old, Mrs. Huang gave a very eye-opening presentation on �Building Confidence and Self Esteem�.
Mrs. Huang, a model kindergarden teacher in a public primary school in New York, has over 16 years experience in early childhood education. She spent a lot of time to prepare for this presentation and had numourous discussions with her 25-year-old son Paul who was born in the US therefore was able to provide a lot of valuable imput from his point of view as an America- born Chinese child.
The core idea about this presentation is that it is extremely important for Chinese parents to have the awareness of kids� Self-Esteem when educating their childern in order to raise children who can reach their full potential and maximize their creativities, and who will be happy and confident in their long path of future life.
Different children have different personalilities and different level of capabilities. Although parents should not follow one patern to educate children, to guide and to rule them, but all the means should not be conflict with helping kids building their self confidence, self respect, self reliance, self pride, independence, the 5 core elements of Self Esteem.
Keeping in mind that children�s self esteem should be nurtured and fully respected will also help narrow gap between parents and children.
Most Chinese parents in the US were brought up in China with Chinese culture, in which the concept of self esteem has been lacking, intead, Chinese people have been encouraged to follow a certain patern to learn and behave which meet the society needs. If a person doesn�t follow the patern, he/she is not a good person in all other people�s view. Individualism and creativities have been ignored or even discouraged; while in American culture, our children are encouraged to explore the world arround them with little patern to follow, the children thus get the message from very young age that they need to figure out their own way to observe the environment, to make their own decision, to learn at their own pace, to perform at their own level, thus to create as they wish as long as they don�t break rules or the law. In this way, building and protecting kids self esteem is very much emphasized in the American way of education since it is deeply rooted in American�s culture as Mrs. Huang observed.
Different explosure to different culture lead to different understanding and reaction to the same thing and different way of handling things. Conflicts between the two generations thus arise. Conflicts will become more heated when children are in teens who want more liberty to think and do differently from their parents.
Understanding the difference of two cultures will certainly help parents to have better understanding of their children, and also to be as much supportive as possible to help them build their own self esteem.
The presentation certainly provided a different way of thinking to Chinese parents in child education from a different angle with more understanding on culture difference. About 60 people attended this event. This event was organized by Simon Wang, Elison Zhang and Danqing Li.
In PCE Club� s next monthly event, Mrs. Huang�s 25-year-old son Paul will be as one of the panelists to be on the forum of What�s on a Teenager�s Mind?
Time: 7 pm - 8 pm, Feb. 16th, Sat.
Address: Savior Lutheran Church, at 50 Calvert Avenue East, Edison, NJ 08820-3248
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