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eBook Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child ePub

by Anthony Esolen

  • ISBN: 1935191888
  • Category: Schools and Teaching
  • Subcategory: Education
  • Author: Anthony Esolen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st edition (November 5, 2010)
  • Pages: 256
  • ePub book: 1744 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1608 kb
  • Other: lrf lit mobi doc
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 248

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Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism. Professor Esolen is the professor you will wish you had in college.

Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism. American Spectator Play dates. In addition to facilitating the proper raising of your child, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child will encourage you to rediscover your own imagination and become like a little child again. I was so impressed with this book that I am giving copies to an adult son and a son-in-law at Christmas this year.

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Along the way through the book Esolen made me curious to explore literature Instead, it is a snarky critique of the ways contemporary culture already works to destroy the imagination of children. That said, there are lessons in here for parents.

Along the way through the book Esolen made me curious to explore literature. He has this way of giving you a taste of something mysterious as a passing reference that makes you hungry for more. Instead, it is a snarky critique of the ways contemporary culture already works to destroy the imagination of children. Much of what Esolen I absolutely loved parts of this book and other parts I was not so sure about. The funny thing is, my wife checked this book out of the library thinking it was a parenting book.

As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, often wickedly funny book, almost everything we are doing to children now constricts their imaginations. This practical, insightful book is essential reading for any parent who cares about the paltry thing that childhood has become, and who wants to give a child something beyond the dull drone of today’s culture. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

But children are worse than books. Anthony Esolen is professor of English at Thomas More College, and the author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and Ironies of Faith

But children are worse than books. A book can make you see the world again, and so ruin your calm and efficient day. But a child does not need to see the world again. He is seeing it for the first time. Anthony Esolen is professor of English at Thomas More College, and the author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and Ironies of Faith. He has translated Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered and Dante's the Divine Comedy. Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood

Anthony Esolen mounts a crushing and delightful riposte to the whole array of theories on the rearing and education of. .The latter approach helps the child to avoid the trap of hubris.

Anthony Esolen mounts a crushing and delightful riposte to the whole array of theories on the rearing and education of children that preside in current American culture. Esolen marshals everything from Icelandic sagas to Ray’s New Higher Arithmetic (1880) to demonstrate this point. The tedious burden of numbers and facts and dates (says modernity) can quell a child’s creative spontaneity. Esolen responds by extolling the numbers and the facts. He suspects-with good reason-that an untutored creativity most often lures a child into the fen of mere banality and solipsism. Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, often wickedly funny book, almost everything we are doing to children now constricts their imaginations, usually to serve the ulterior motives of the constrictors.

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Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, often wickedly funny book, almost everything we are doing to children now constricts their imaginations, usually to serve the ulterior motives of the constrictors.Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child takes square aim at these accelerating trends, in a bitingly witty style reminiscent of C. S. Lewis, while offering parentsùand childrenùhopeful alternatives. Esolen shows how imagination is snuffed out at practically every turn: in the rearing of children almost exclusively indoors; in the flattening of love to sex education, and sex education to prurience and hygiene; in the loss of traditional childhood games; in the refusal to allow children to organize themselves into teams; in the effacing of the glorious differences between the sexes; in the dismissal of the power of memory, which creates the worst of all possible worlds in schoolùdrudgery without even the merit of imparting facts; in the strict separation of the child's world from the adult's; and in the denial of the transcendent, which places a low ceiling on the child's developing spirit and mind.But Esolen doesn't stop at pointing out the problem; he offers dear solutions as well. With charming stories from his own boyhood and an assist from the master authors and thinkers of the Western tradition, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child is a welcome respite from the overwhelming banality of contemporary culture. Interwoven throughout this indispensable guide to child rearing is a rich tapestry of the literature, music, art, and thought that once enriched the lives of American children.Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child confronts contemporary trends in parenting and schooling by reclaiming lost traditions. This practical, insightful book is essential reading for any parent who cares about the paltry thing that childhood has become, and who wants to give a child something beyond the dull drone of today's culture.

Comments

Boraston Boraston
Anthony Esolen delivers on the sardonic title. His literate discussion of our culture's suppression of the child's imagination and intellectual development is humorous and devastating, for example:

"I like to imagine a blaring sign over a gigantic shopping mall, with these messages alternating every five seconds, for ever and ever:
WELCOME TO THE MALL OF THE WORLD
ABANDON ALL HOPE YOU WHO ENTER HERE
And not only hope, but community life, personal independence, common sense, virtue, and money."

He does not content himself with just critiquing the culture and its effects. Drawing on examples from the arts, sciences, and personal experience, he describes, often with wit, how to stimulate your child's imagination -- or, more accurately, how to encourage and not stifle it -- so that he can develop into a good and rounded person rather than a cog or consumer.

Professor Esolen is the professor you will wish you had in college. In addition to facilitating the proper raising of your child, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child will encourage you to rediscover your own imagination and become like a little child again. I was so impressed with this book that I am giving copies to an adult son and a son-in-law at Christmas this year.

Quibbles I have with the book: its focus is much more on the imagination of boys than girls; there is little or no consideration of the effect large families and many siblings have on the child's imagination; and the deleterious effect of smartphones, electronic games, etc., gets little or no attention.
Manarius Manarius
The title itself gives away the deft, piercing sarcasm that characterizes much of this book. Which is good. I'm a fan of deft & piercing sarcasm.

This is not a how-to parent book, or a book focused on teaching methods--though I'm also fan of those things. : ) This is about about the spirits of our children, how the moral imagination forms and is informed, and how to protect your children. A loving read for all who care about such things.
Whiteseeker Whiteseeker
"What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad."
- Morpheus "The Matrix"

This is probably one of the most thought provoking, scary, and wonderful books I have ever read. As a home educator of young children, it caused me to totally re-evaluate how I have been teaching them. I was trying to bring public school home. I was trying to emulate a broken system that was so bad I wanted to spare my children what I went through. This book helped bring me back to reality- that education is more than rote memorization and "socialization". It is about the men and women they will become. It is about the freedom to be human beings, not a cog in the machine.

I can vouch for the sad realities presented in this book. Most of my friends from my church and my job feel it too- that something is fundamentally wrong. That we lost our moral compass, our sense of community, That we don't care about patriotism, politics, civic duty, or even each other. We live check to check, existing for the next stupid purchase or some form of escapism to pass the time. That something in the past 100 years that we cant put our finger on shifted, and the life that our parents had is gone. This is the first book I have read that is able to systematically break down where it begins and how to change it. It begins with robbing our children of that which is priceless- their childhood.

If you have kids this is an essential book to read. Think about what kind of life you want for those you hold dear, and be willing to do what it takes for them to have it. This may require some unconventional ideas such as the following:
1. Taking away electronic devices that keep you from interacting with each other (Killing your electronic babysitters)
2. Not scheduling their whole day with activities
3. Allowing them to have time to play
4. Allowing them to get dirty/hurt. ALLOWING THEM TO BE KIDS
5.Being willing to admit that maybe what is happening in public school is not what is best for them, or you
6. Teach your kids that it is OK to be proud of our country!
7. Teach your kids about God!!!
NOTE: This will open you up to the criticism of your peers and family. Be ready.
There is so much more, but if you bothered to read this far you will probably get the book anyway. This book is to quote Mr.Esolen " a poke in the eye to modern parenting". (I am paraphrasing from a hilariously bad interview on Fox news.) By doing the opposite of what he says, the results will probably be amazing. You may actually raise good men and women who realize that there is so much more to life than getting a job and accumulating more stuff. They may grow up to ACTUALLY BE HAPPY! More than that, they may grow up to be a force of good to change our country. I cant recommend this book enough. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Mr.Esolen!
Velellan Velellan
A biting critique of contemporary education and parenting. Great book. My only criticism is that if often felt like an exercise in nostalgia. If you're a parent or teacher, you should read this book.
Jonariara Jonariara
Prophetic. Brilliant. Entertaining. If you are concerned that America's children have been growing up in body without maturing in either mind or spirit, you must read this book. This is Esolen's version of C.S. Lewis's "Abolition of Man" but without Lewis's reserve.

My husband and I took turns reading this aloud to each other as we went about housework and often found ourselves laughing out loud and stopping to discuss many a point.

Sometimes my husband and I say to each other when we observe our children "HashtagEsolen." It's been our code word for various sorts of things such as indicating to that other that we should allow the kids to do something that other parents might not; when our kids learn something we didn't expect in an organic situation; or when we are proud of the other for doing something that encourages adventurous learning.

Thank you, Professor Esolen for writing this book for us.