This book is a call to action to parents, youth workers,
policymakers -- anyone who works for and worries about the next
generation -- to recognize and promote the values of caring in
public and private life. It is about teenagers -- those who no
longer need the care given to babies and children but who still
need support and guidance. Diana Mendley Rauner offers a rare focus
on youth development as a process of experiencing care and learning
Much public discussion of youth focuses on individual
achievement and a limited set of markers of success, on the one
hand, and increasingly punitive responses to failure on the other.
Missing from these discussions is an appreciation for the
importance of caring and social responsibility both in the
environments we create for young people and in our expectations of
how they should act and what they should become.
"They Still Pick Me Up When I Fall" develops ideals for
caring interaction, articulating specific behaviors and habits for
practitioners as well as policies and practices that characterize
caring organizations and caring societies. Each chapter begins with
a profile of a youth-serving organization, drawn from the fields of
education, youth work, and counseling. Throughout, an intellectual
framework for care is interwoven with the voices and experiences of
the youth workers and young people involved in the struggle to
create a caring society.
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