The following document was filed by J.S. Cambry (ABD), bioethics student on January 31, 2423
Below you will find the three most commonly asked questions about our collection of B children. We hope you will find the answers to your questions here. If not, please feel free to contact us.
Q: When viewing the training sessions, our visitors see firsthand how difficult it can be to work with the youngest children in our collection, and ask the following question: how does WorldEducate train the youngest children in its collection?
A: Our trainers use a form of training called operant conditioning in which the children are taught to react in a very specific way to a given stimuli through the presence or absence of positive reinforcers in their environment. As B children are very affectionate by nature, trainers typically employ tactile stimulation (a hug, a pat on the head or shoulder) to reinforce a particular behavior.
Q: Our visitors also comment on the patience of our trainers and ask this question: what are the most challenging aspects of training?
A: Although the answer to this question differs from trainer to trainer, the issue that seems to crop up frequently is the difficultly of communicating effectively with the children. Positive reinforcement is the most effective means of overcoming this barrier, but some problems still arise due to the lower intellectual capacity of the B children. Sometimes these children have difficulty learning the link between behavior and reinforcer, especially when the behaviors become more complicated. This is when we call on the patience and tenacity of our trainers who always ensure that the children learn the skills that we set out to teach them—with minimal frustration.
Q: Due to some recent criticism, some visitors arrive at the facility questioning the purposes of our performances and ask this question: how are the shows beneficial for the mental and physical health of the children?
A: When the orphaned children arrive at our facilities, they are still at a point where their brains and bodies are developing. Through our training—and the shows—we provide the children with the stimulation necessary to develop their mental and physical abilities. We have also received criticism in recent months regarding our primary focus on physical education. Outside research has shown that the education of B children in their home sites focuses on developing bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. Thus, rather than harming the children, this focus on physical education actually provides necessary and reassuring continuity for them.