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Chapter 17: “Just like Max”: Learning in Relation
My contribution to this book is an essay on “relational learning” based on an informal controlled experiment, the rearing of twins. Because I am not only a father but a teacher and university administrator, I will reach for some general principles on the basis of what I describe and try to apply them broadly to educational institutions.
My son Max was assigned a role before he was born. His story is a sequel to the adventures of his maternal grandmother Maxine, after whom he is named. He is a fraternal twin (he and Sam are now 8), and he distinguished himself from his brother in the womb by the way he behaved, riding high, kicking, ...