Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Child

Here is a great piece about books, children, and education from Memoria Press.  It's actually a teaser for a book of the same name by Anthony Esolen, an English professor (and translator of classical works) at Providence College, and one of the editors of Touchstone.

The link doesn't provide the actual Big Ten, so I will provide them here.  I have not read Dr. Esolen's book, but I like what I'm reading so far.

10 Sure Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

1. Keep Your Children Indoors as Much as Possible or They Used to Call It "Air"
2. Never Leave Children to Themselves or If Only We Had a Committee
3. Keep Children Away from Machines and Machinists or All Unauthorized Personnel Prohibited
4. Replace the Fairy Tale with Political Cliches and Fads or Vote Early and Often
5. Cast Aspersions Upon the Heroic and Patriotic or We Are All Traitors Now
6. Cut All Heroes Down to Size or Pottering With the Puny
7. Reduce All Talk of Love to Narcissism and Sex
8. Level Distinctions Between Man and Woman or Spay and Geld
9. Distract the Child with the Shallow and Unreal or The Kingdom of Noise
10. Deny the Transcendent or Fix Above the Heads of Men the Lowest Ceiling of All

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