Do you remember when, as a child in school, your attention sometimes wandered away from the lesson at hand? You stared out the window into open space, looking at nothing in particular, just wondering. And just maybe, a slight smile may have come to your lips as a thought budded and then exploded into a whole new world. What a wonderful world it was!
It wasn't that you really longed to be somewhere else. You just longed to be! There was an inner thrill, and it was all your very own.
Psychologists like to tell us that these pubescent years are sex based, and all activity turns on that. Ah! But there is so much more! Many times youngsters daydream; their minds filled with magical things and often to our surprise they have heard what has been said. Their minds, sponge like, soak up every nuance, sensation, and feeling.
The world is, as it is, their oyster, a wonderland of things to explore, of new thoughts and feelings to generate. All of which comes together in a delight of being alive, fully active and restless. Do you remember how it was? Close your eyes, just for a moment, and think back.
Do you remember when all of that died?
Schools kill that delicious sense of wondering by insisting students color within the lines, no matter what those lines may be. Rote memorizing stuff doesn't create wonderment, foster creativity, or delight in learning.
Question: Does the mass demand for standardized testing foster wonderment? Hardly. They stifle, no-destroy-creative teaching and creative learning. They leave no room for the teacher to reach out and intellectually touch the developing mind of his or her students. To take them on an odyssey composed of excitement and possible dreams. They used to say it was a loss of innocence. That's not true. It is a loss of creative minds. A horrid sadness fills my soul.
Cock Robin, I know who killed you.
Norman W Wilson, PhD
Dr. Wilson has forty years experience in education. He is the author and co-author of college textbooks in the humanities. His latest book is DUH! The American Educational Disaster.
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