The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

Synopsis

The dramatic story of Jason--the loner and the outsider--and his struggle to be accepted into the society of his classmates, The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter shows that the classrom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems. "Anyone who was once a child, and especially those who were helicopters, will enjoy it".--David Perkins, Kansas City Star.

Excerpt

As I read through this extraordinarily touching and compelling account of a teacher's work with young boys and girls, of her work with younger teachers who are learning how to get on usefully and imaginatively with children, and not least of her work with herself—daring to stop and take stock, even acknowledge errors of opinion or judgment—I kept thinking of the last conversation I had with Anna Freud. She was in her eighties and had only four or five years of life left. She happened to be in a particularly retrospective mood that day; I heard her talk with special pleasure about her work during World War II with children who had suffered under the Nazi blitz, and her work shortly thereafter with those who had survived the Nazi death camps. We also discussed her longstanding difficulties with the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, and in that regard Miss Freud was enlightening, as always, but now quite affecting and even humble, as she reflected on their different approaches:

I have tried to let children take the initiatives [in her research], and to learn from them. Perhaps I might have deduced more from them than I did ... I think if you put me in a room with young children ..., you'd see me watching them carefully, trying to keep up with them in every way, and when I'd left them, you'd find me puzzling over what I saw and heard . . .

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