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October 19, 2006 |
Dear Mr. Keillor,
I am a preschool teacher in Laguna Beach, CA.
My question: Do you believe a child will be "left behind" if they are encouraged to have a "sense of wonder," to ask questions, to have empathy for others, or to build a fort from old sheets?
I know in this age of computers it is important for us to cram children with information. I take teaching seriously and don't want to leave anyone behind.
San Clemente, CA
I worry about kids, too, Sandra, and stuffing them with facts so they will test well and also about electronic over-stimulation. I think there ought to be a dreamy aspect to life, especially when you're a kid, a pleasure in reflection, the ability to lie on the ground and look at the sky. Boredom is also good. I have an 8-year-old who is a bundle of restless energy and who needs to learn the pleasure of sitting and twiddling your thumbs. I don't seem to be succeeding.