Keynote by Ira Chaleff on intelligent disobedience applied to child development and safety at CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA, October 1, 2019
The bias towards the education of obedience is very insidious. But, observing ourselves and adhering to a given course, we can fulfill a parental and social role in transmitting the necessary cultural norms, without creating models of blind submission to authority out of fear, coercion or habit.
(By Anya Abdulakh, Founder of 3 House Club and blogger for parents | London) As a mother of 8 and 10 years old children in London, I am more and more thinking how to teach children to say “No”. I am doing my best to teach my children to make the right choices in life but it is very hard to confront peer pressure. I am not sure if my children will be strong enough to say “no” to watching a movie during a sleep-over that would give them nightmares, or “no” to watching a disturbing video on YouTube during a play-date, or “no” to drugs when they are older
What follows is distilled from an article written by David Lee Finkle or “The Real Mr. Fitz” regarding my statement that “intelligent disobedience must be taught in schools”: … You can’t get students to question and learn intelligent disobedience if you, yourself, are not allowed to question
Training Course on Courageous Followership & Intelligent Disobedience for Staff Members of Council of International Schools – Leiden (NL), June 2017
Training Course on Courageous Followership & Intelligent Disobedience for Staff Members of Council of International Schools – Leiden (NL), June 2017 © Ira Chaleff
Application of Intelligent Disobedience to Child Safety and Development – Asia Pacific International Schools Conference – Hong Kong, December 2016
Ira Chaleff giving keynote address to 500 teachers from 180 schools and 24 Asian countries on the application of Intelligent Disobedience to child safety and development.