I believe that most of our readership here at The Contemplative Thinker know what teachable moments already are. Or anyone reading this cite, or Politico, Brietbart’s, Newsweek, The Hill, and all of the daily American Thinker’s, Capital News, and down the line to the Washington Post (WAPO) are most likely to understand them.
Yet, we would go so far to say that anyone who listens to Fox News or watches any sparkling news show there will definitely be sure to tell everyone what a teachable moment does.
As for me this prized possession is part of the proverbial — pocket full of tricks that everyone in education should have down to a science. Again, as for me maybe 25 or 30 years ago; however, in the year 2008 people took heed to the President- Elect’s new phraseology. In 2009 or so is when Barack Obama went into his first education establishment and was treated to a teachable moment first hand and apparently by a very great teacher.
There certainly is a time for them AND there are times when they are used (unfortunately) full of condescending, mental rubbish that will make a student only resent their teacher more.
I feel as though Sean Hannity had his coming of age when he learned of these wonderful morsels and how to use them.
Basically a teachable moment is one of those rare instances when a person, student, teacher, and anyone in the manner of civility stumbles into any situation where another person recognizes the difficulty and is able to assist the individual in learning what it is that they have found.
As easily and as briefly as I may take this time to deliver a message of hope to the parents of our current under- generation. This is made totally possible by an outstanding article in Townhall.com as written by Ashley Pratte. Being the astute writer that she is Ms. Pratte is able to bring us: Che Guevara: The Man, the Myth, the Atrocities, and is able to brilliantly bring to the forefront of what this man did — and why would our children be wearing celebratory Tee-Shirts with his face being the only recognizable thing on the shirt.
From Ashley Pratte’s article: “Today marks 47 years since the death of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara—an international terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent people.
Ashley Pratte has demonstrated how to use a “teachable moment” to perfection. One must admire a person for their sense of civility while placing her gut-felt feelings where she works. Bbrraavvoo Ashley! Bravo! Bravo!