"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Time to eat

Hey J,

Rushing.  We're always rushing.

No wonder our kids have such shallow learning--being educated at school is a lot like eating at fast food places.  It's difficult to get food cooked to order, to suit one person's individual nutritional needs, at a drive-through.  Eating that kind of food is not a slow-paced pleasure: no time to soak in the taste or the nutrients, no time for relaxed conversations and communication over dinner.

As a society, we rush our children through their meals, through their play, through their learning. We're asking our kids to grow at a pace which suits the needs of the adults--not at the speed of true learning.  We crowd their days with fast food.

It's frustrating, J.  Hard to change, even when the need to do so is clear-----because there's so much to cover, and just not enough time.

I know what you're going to say.  "Slow down the pace, anyway.  Work on what's there, in the moment, one child at a time."  

You're right....but the noise and clamor of testing and politics and reports and big business textbook interests and and and and....all of that crowds the classroom like anxious customers crowd the front counter at a bigbox fast food place.
It's noisy, and everyone is in a rush.  Too much.  Too much of everything....except time and quiet.

No answers today, J.  Just thinking about how to feed our kids real meals that will nourish their hearts, minds, and bodies--at a pace which will truly allow them to absorb it all and grow, as they are meant to do.

more later.

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