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Getting children to talk up their talents in self-deprecating UK

April 27, 2021

Read an article by Andrew 'Bernie' Bernard, published in the Yorkshire Post, which highlights the need to encourage young people to feel comfortable talking about their skills.

In the UK we have a strange relationship with modesty and being proud of ourselves. From an early age we are encouraged to try new things, to practice, get better and demonstrate our prowess in any number of tasks – walking, speaking, writing, drawing, etc.

But then from about the age of four or five years old we’re told to “stop showing-off” and so we live in a state of limbo where we develop skills and abilities but we’re encouraged to keep them to ourselves.

Read the full article here.

Find out more about Bernie’s new book The Ladder, which contains everything educators need to know in order to be effective advocates for young people and their future aspirations, pathways and career aims.


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