Teaching Children How to Think

Very young children are easily influenced by family and friends. At an early age they seek our acceptance. They want to be like us and often mimic our behavior.

Before long, they begin to sound and act like those closest to them. Sometimes we like the results that we see and at other times we wonder “where they learned that behavior.”

Generations ago, children had more time to grow up. We did not put their innocence at risk. Today, eager to see our children not “fall behind” in their development, we prematurely expose them to many things they do not need and should not have. We give them cell phones and tablets before they go to first grade. Teenage interests and activities are expected of grade school children.

We see very young children being indoctrinated into politics and protests. They are told by parents and teachers who they should “vote” for in mock elections held at school. They hear and then repeat chants they hear at “protests” they attend with their parents. All this with no understanding of what real voting requires or what a real protest chant is all about.

Children are being taught what to think and not how to think. Puppets and parrots result. The damage done is not inconsequential and may not be easily reversed.

Real thinking requires years of study and additional years of questioning. As the definition below indicates, the age of majority is 18 in most of the world. We have all known 18 year old youngsters who were not yet ready and none of us has ever met an 8 year old who was. The maturation process should not be rushed in even the most precocious of children. Please, give our youth the time they need. (At least, that is how this elderly grandfather sees it.)

From Wikipedia: The age of majority is the threshold of adulthood as recognized or declared in law. It is the moment when minors cease to be considered children and assume legal control over their persons, actions, and decisions, thus terminating the control and legal responsibilities of their parents or guardian over them. Most countries set the age of majority at 18. The word majority here refers to having greater years and being of full age as opposed to minority, the state of being a minor. The law in a given jurisdiction may not actually use the term “age of majority”. The term typically refers to a collection of laws bestowing the status of adulthood. The age of majority does not necessarily correspond to the mental or physical maturity of an individual.

 

 

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About authorbillramsey

During his forty year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. His 2015 collection of concise, real life essays is titled "What DO You Think?" "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It" are his other books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com .
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