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Rethinking Sharing
June 5, 2020
If animals play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life.
-Susanna Miller

A provocative Exchange magazine article by Cassandra Tondreau begins this way:

“In my bathroom cabinet, I have a bottle of lotion that costs $100. Take from this statement what you will. Perhaps I have outrageous taste in cosmetics. Perhaps I am a sucker for gimmicks. Both are true, along with the fact that this lotion is all mine. Bought with my own cash, thoroughly loved, rarely used and meticulously stored. This is an object I do not share. My husband is acutely aware of the value of this lotion to me and avoids it at all costs…As an early childhood educator, I am accustomed to the refrain, ‘Share with your friends.’ We tell children constantly to share, but what it means to actually share is quite a murky subject.”

That “murky subject” is the basis for “Rethinking Sharing,” the newest offering in the Exchange Reflections series. It’s a topic that lends itself to conversation, self-reflection and deep thinking, with a group, or on your own.

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Exchange Reflections

Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a "Making Commitments" idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action and an Exchange Reflections Certificate. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.

We are offering a “choose your price” option during this challenging time. The regular price of Exchange Reflections (which you can distribute to your staff or students) is $10. For those of you able to pay regular price, thank you. It helps us keep paying our staff. For those of you who need to use the 50% off coupon, we understand. Times are tough right now and some budgets are on the edge. Please do what works in your own circumstances.

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Bill Sparks · June 05, 2020
East Los Angeles College, Glendale Community College
Pasadena, CA, United States

After hearing from my 60 students at community colleges at the end of the semester, I am astounded at the insensitivity of publishing an article that begins with a $100 cosmetic and "no sharing". Right now, sharing is food and health survival with a loss of quantity and quality of diet and access to doctors. Look at the data of the severity of suffering of working class families. The article may have good points to consider in other chapters but I known there are numerous families that are only surviving because of dramatically increased sharing to a degree they have never offered or accepted sharing before.

Francis Wardle · June 05, 2020
Denver, CO. , CO, United States

When we discuss this issue in my early childhood classes, at some point I ask my students if its OK for me to share their car with me, and then their spouse. This always promotes an interesting discussion!

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