Today’s guest post is by Faigie Kobre, who we could all learn a few things from. For whatever reason, my gmail account sorted her email into the spam folder, and I almost missed out on having her share her experience and opinions! Thankfully, Faigie didn’t give up, and reached me through a friend, and, as they say, the rest is history. Enjoy, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.
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I have a pet peeve and a passion. They are connected to each other and Rivki wrote a very good post a while back addressing both of them (of course, all her posts are good, but this one is relevant to my topic).
My pet peeve is copycat arts and crafts and my passion is teaching parents and teachers to move away from them.
Rivki’s post was called teaching my son to be himself. In it she says, and I quote….
“You know, when I get perfect-looking school projects, it’s nice, and they look great, but I know it’s not really what my child would do if left to his own devices. No, this is a child who wants to make monster/alien looking leaves. Because that’s what he sees. That’s where his mind is taking him. And if I don’t ever let him express himself, but always
force guide him to do what I imagine things should look like, how will I ever really get to know him, and how will he develop the confidence to be himself?”
Many years ago there was a very well known secular singer named Harry Chapin. He wrote the song Cats in the Cradle that we all went around singing when we were teenagers. He wrote another, not so well known song called “Flowers are Red.” You can check out the song on YouTube with Harry Chapin in concert or this animated version of the song.
This song is about a little boy, his creativity and how the school system/his teacher, killed it. He kept wanting to put many colors in the flowers he was drawing, but his teacher insisted that flowers are red and green leaves are green. He insisted, he got punished, he gave in. Flowers are red and green leaves are green.
How common would you say that little boys’ experience is? Continue reading