When a young boy wanders away from his parents and begins to play the piano on stage, the pianist encourages him to continue and joins him. The originally embarrassed parents are now proud of their boy, and the audience, who could have thought of the boy as a nuisance, applaud him. The reaction of pianist, parents, and audience were not dependent on the success of the child, but on their own theoretical frameworks.
- How did the theoretical frameworks of the parents differ from those of the pianist? What attitudes, beliefs, and values are these theoretical frameworks based on?
- What theoretical frameworks are prevalent in your school?
- Is it your school’s mission to control students and staff, foster conformity, and teach rules? Or is it to encourage students to follow their dreams and be supportive?
- What can we learn from the pianist about social capital?
Source: The Foundation for a Better Life