Stuart Shanker

About Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world.Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today
10 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part Three: In Pursuit of Liberty AND Freedom

By | 2019-07-09T22:19:08+00:00 July 10th, 2019|

In Self-Reg, we want to have it both ways: preserve Liberty as a birthright and ensure that everyone can become free. If the price of Democracy is that certain individuals, businesses, or political actors are allowed to influence the unwary by taking advantage of their limbic impulses, then we need [...]

8 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens of Freedom ~ Part Two: Freedom is in Peril ~ Now more than ever

By | 2019-07-07T21:01:53+00:00 July 8th, 2019|

Even if you feel strongly that Liberty is an inalienable right – and as we saw in Democracy is in Peril ~ Again, not everyone does – the same cannot be said for freedom: at least, not in the philosophical sense adumbrated in Part 1. To be sure, in the [...]

5 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part 1: The Paradox of Democracy

By | 2019-07-05T07:31:32+00:00 July 5th, 2019|

The new biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On the Basis of Sex, instantly provoked a heated controversy. In the trailer for the film, the young RBG (who is suing the government for sex discrimination) stands before a judge who admonishes her: “The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in [...]

12 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 3: Creating a Just Society

By | 2019-06-12T08:00:17+00:00 June 12th, 2019|

Authoritarianism feeds off the feelings of hopelessness that obdurate social problems produce. The despair that Democracy will never be able to overcome its failings; that the majority of the citizenry lack the fortitude to make society great. That if large sectors of the populace cannot exercise self-control, then there must [...]

10 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 2: We Have Met the Enemy

By | 2019-06-10T14:18:54+00:00 June 10th, 2019|

The first step in any Self-Reg undertaking is to understand the conceptual distinctions that we are dealing with. In this case, we might begin with the democratic versus authoritarian view of strong society. According to the former, a strong society is one that embraces consensus politics and the rule of [...]

7 06, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Democracy Part 1: Democracy is in Peril ~ Again

By | 2019-06-10T13:35:54+00:00 June 7th, 2019|

If ever there was a time to heed Santayana’s warning, this is it. It is tempting to dismiss what is happening in the US today as an aberration. This might be true in some respects; in others, not. The end of the Cold War saw a surge of new Democracies. [...]

7 05, 2019

Self-Reg, Social Justice & Democracy

By | 2019-05-16T11:59:36+00:00 May 7th, 2019|

The Future Lies in the Hands of Self-Reg Parents, Schools, and Communities I first started thinking about social justice and democracy when I was 16 years old. I had just attended a political rally where Pierre Elliot Trudeau talked about a Just Society: one in which “equality of opportunity is [...]

19 03, 2019

Part 3: Considering The Different Kinds of “Why?”

By | 2019-03-14T16:32:12+00:00 March 19th, 2019|

The Self-Reg educator or parent seeks to understand, rather than manage a child’s behaviour. In effect, what is being reframed here is what it means to see the Kindergarten teacher as a professional and not a glorified baby-sitter: someone who has been trained to ask the right kind of “Why” and has [...]

5 03, 2019

Part 2: Reframing “Challenging Behaviour” in Kindergarten

By | 2019-02-25T11:46:29+00:00 March 5th, 2019|

Kindergarten marks a major transition in children’s lives: from being coddled infants to being treated as responsible individuals. They are students now, and as such they have to meet certain expectations, as noted in an article published on education.com: “He can follow the lead of a teacher and will honor [...]

19 02, 2019

“Reframing” Challenging Behaviour, Part 1: Blue Brain, Red Brain, and Brown Brain

By | 2019-10-02T14:14:19+00:00 February 19th, 2019|

The Different Kinds of “Why?”   Parents of new babies are forever asking why. “Why is she crying? Is she hungry, wet, scared, lonely, bored?” Since we can’t just ask her, we put on our detective’s hat. We think back to previous occasions, experiment with trial-and-error, ask somebody knowledgeable. Things [...]

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