“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” This is one of my favorite Dr. Martin Luther King quotes. It is remarkable, in
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I wonder what is meant by the author who says that seeing a client as "physiology,parenting, brain function, or even an amalgam of these is never transformative, even when it is helpful." Is this more about a fixed-mindset lens? The first quote is powerful though: “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.” It speaks to me about symptoms but also about science itself. So often, we don't really understand causality and metaphysics; we only understand what we experience and such limited reflection on those experiences. Most of us don't know with certainty what fire is; we do know that it is hot and gives light; we know that it can spread. But why doesn't it form as a cloud or as spheres? We see the seasons--winter, spring, summer, fall--but do we really understand that the only cause of the seasons is our relationship to the sun? And what about the moon's phases? Do we really know the explanation? I saw a video presentation that documented that quite a few people don't know (I certainly didn't know, and I had truly believed that I did know).
In education, this is even more evident. We don't know what theories of learning are most accurate. We don't know the specific resources in a students community, home, or school environment that might have led to a student's successes just like we don't really know the specific reasons for a student's apparent shortcomings. Even with data, there are too many variables we can't control or rule out. We APPROACH truth with answers we suggest, but there is always room for doubt. This is particularly true when trying to improve school attendance.