PBs are a ‘duty of care’

I attended a workshop with John Armstrong last week.  It was a two day seminar on Social Role Valorisation. And, while for me, he is probably preaching to the converted, there was one line he said that really stood out.

“Your duty of care to someone with competency issues is to ensure they ‘grow and develop’.

It is THAT simple.

Too often those working in education claim it is ‘too hard, the child is too disabled, too dangerous, there’s not enough funding, will impact on the learning/safety of others, they are not trained for this, there’s places for children like this’.

But, when you break it down to simply ENSURE they GROW and DEVELOP then surely much of the fear can dissipate.

If those adults in roles of power took this on board then the goals could be simpler, clearer and specific to the child in question – not confused by anything other than growth and development appropriate to the individual.

To grow and develop would mean every child would be striving to achieve PBs (personal bests) again, appropriate to the individual (btw, this does not mean life skills –that is a cop out by educators).

Everyone has the ability to learn, everyone is educable and everyone can grow and develop given the opportunity.


Filed under Inclusion... straight up!

3 responses to “PBs are a ‘duty of care’

  1. Now if we can get everyone to see this simplicity! the world is just too complicated in my opinion 🙂
    thinking of you and Mac often!

  2. The problem is that “they” judge us by their abloid standards and compare us to abloids. How dare they. I think people don’t realise how arrogant that is.

    We are who we are with the capacities that we have just the same as everyone else. It is usually the lack of capacity in the abloids that leaves us struggling.

    I am always amazed when abloids say “It’s too hard” for them to do something and the next complain when we say it’s too hard to do something.

    Double standards. Pathetic for them to take a free ride on differences.

  3. Gina

    Glee, so right. Double standards do abound. Children with disabilities are often expected to be well behaved and ‘compliant’ 100% of the time otherwise they are considered ‘disruptive’ or having ‘behaviours’ – most children without a disability are ‘compliant’ no more than 50 or 60% of the time – that’s what being a kid is about. There is a huge social change required but hopefully we are part of the change.

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