Brevard, North Carolina —Thank you to Brevard College and the students of Davidson River High for co-hosting this community event!
Special thanks to Ithaca Schools social worker and organizer Celia Clement along with Family & Children’s Service, Ithaca School District, Tompkins County Public Library and TST BOCES.
From the REJECT Documentary Interview, PART 1
Vivian Paley is a featured expert in REJECT documentary, along with a special kindergarten classroom in Stillwater, Oklahoma that uses her rule, “you can’t say you can’t play.” The accompanying video will be posted soon.
Q. Can you talk about the concept of ‘rejection’ as an author, an educator and most importantly, someone who has worked with young children?
Vivian Paley: In the classroom, the meaning of rejection is very clear. If you think about the meaning being in the mind of the person being rejected, it comes across from the earliest age, “Nobody likes me. They won’t play with me.” When the parent, so full of hopes, picks up the child on the first day or first week of preschool or kindergarten or first grade and hears these words, it strikes a great note of sadness.