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Friday, March 10, 2017


Children who have no sense of awe and wonder often have no imagination or curiosity. As parents and educators, we must realize that without awe and wonder we would have no inventors or writers, no scientists or mathematicians, yet this is what the powers that be seem to want out of American students. It is in fact Pop Culture and a society that does not respect knowledge that causes lack of a desire to learn. Educators and society in general need to realize that without wonder creators will no longer imagine that man can fly, that a human heart can be transplanted from one human to another, that a cure for polio, TB, smallpox etc. can be found. We will hear no composers who are able to imagine from single sounds Beethoven's glorious Ninth Symphony, the Beatles' Yesterday or Maroon 5 's Moves Like Jagger. Nor would we see artworks by da Vinci, Picasso or Warhol.

In my educational offerings that range from Baby and Me classes to programs for mixed-age groups up to age 7, I try to instill wonder in every student and re-inspire it in their parents. Even children who have been over-exposed to licensed characters, rapid-fire television and video game graphics, advertising and "No Child Left Behind" can be lured back to their natural creative learning instincts through re-instilling wonder.
Regaining your childlike wonder, would you prefer to hear a lecture and perform worksheets about magnets or would a teacher or parent who hides magnets around the classroom or house for her students to explore and discover foster a greater interest?

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