By juxtaposing a variety of typical childhood experiences, the author demonstrates a superior method for rearing our charges and developing their imaginations, those valuable vaults of images, sensations, and concepts.
As I read through the details of uninterrupted play, spontaneous neighborhood baseball games, and nightime river exploration, I wanted to think that I could point to similar experiences. I wanted to believe that my children could recall such times as well.
Unfortunately, we all know that growing up is not usually that charming.
I also found myself relating to Tormentaria, that planet populated with specimens ready and awaiting to be molded by The Visionaries, because more often my schedule resembled the structured over the looser one.
Unfortunately, I keep feeling a void in Esolen's premise, which I suspect he addresses in Method 10, the Transcendence. Why does he wait so long to bring up this vital aspect?
I mean how do the boys in the baseball game know about forgiveness?
Or how do the river boys know to make a compact or the importance of sealing it with blood?
Or as in my case, how did we girls know how to structure our families when we played house?
We didnt just *make.them.up*
Some committee informed us.
It's called the Trinity.
That awesome threesome who authored the penultimate parenting how-to volume.
Like Deuteronomy 6:7 ~
Impress them (commands, decress, laws) on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (three translations)
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; (American Standard Version)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (New International Version)
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (New American Standard)
As well as these wise words from a modern-day Godly ruler, Abraham Kuyper ~
"Oh, no single piece of our mental world is to be hermetically sealed off from the rest, and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!'"
Read more about it at our online bookclub.
Bonus Bits ~
Consider reading the chapter entitled Creativity in George Roche's excellent book, Education in America. His information adds substance to Esolen's and is available free online.
Funny, pertinent story about committees at this link.
Gargoyle by Ed O'Keefe
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