October 25, 2005 @ 12:30 am by sean
Autumn is really pretty this year. For some reason it seems more so
than in past years. Passed years too. It all seems appropriate. I don’t
mind the cold. Or the dark clouds that stand infront of the sun. Or the
rain. But at the same time, I feel like I’m missing something. Like I’m
not getting out into the season as much as I should and it’s going to
pass by and the beauty will be gone. I kind of feel that way with
people a little bit too. But more so the season.
Remember the question about teaching kids stereotypical drawing? Nathan showed me a book of his called ‘Artforms.’ It says this.
Before the age of one, and well before they talk, babies point tiny
fingers at wonderful things they see. Bodies move in rhythm to music.
Ask a group of four-yaer-olds “Can you dance?” “Can you sing?” “Can you
draw?” and they all say, “Yes! Yes!” Ask twelve-year-olds the same
questions, and they will too often say “No, we can’t.” Such an
unecessary loss has ominous implications for the spiritual, economic,
social, and political health of society.
What becomes of this extroadirary capacity [to express and interact like a child]? According to John Holt, author of How Children Fail,
“We destroy this capacity above all by making them afraid – afriad of
not diong what other people want, of not pleasing or of making
mistakes, of failing, of being wrong. Thus we make them afraid to
gamble, afraid to experiment, afraid to try the difficult and unknown.”
They don’t site any specific studies or have footnotes for research. It
would be trivial to do so. It’s so obvious that it’s true. I’ve seen it
so many times. I’d say most people have seen it, and many would answer
the same as the hypothetical twelve-year-olds.
I can’t say society or anyone besides myself makes the words of John Holt true for myself, but they most certainly are.
It’s amazing, and simultaneously frutrating to think of the potential possible that we’ve ruined.
Actually, that’s really frustrating.
It also says this.
Research shows that parents’ ability to show interest in and empathy
for their child’s discovieries and feelings is crucial to the child’s
Most children who have been given coloring books, workbooks, and
pre-drawn single sheets become overly dependent on such impersonal,
stereotypical props. In this way, children often lose the urge to
invent unique images based on their own experiences.
If you plan on having kids, be careful. Don’t waste another creative person.
Is anyone not a people watching over-analyzer these days?