He stumbles through existence with his head-light on behind.
The human mind controls the actions of the body and interprets impulses from cells that deliver sound, optical, chemical and other messages.
You can be right-brain or left-brain minded. One sixth of all people are left handed, and routine functions are monitored by the right half of the brain. The left half of their brain handles the complex interpretations needed for many brain functions.
The human brain is slow in developing, taking about sixteen years to reach its full potential. At that age, most teenagers can think as adults and should be allowed to make adult decisions under the guidance of their parents. Then when they are older and on their own, they will be able to make good decisions because of their experience.
If I Only had a Brain
That’s what the scarecrow sang in the Wizard of Oz.
Ray Bolger played the part as I remember.
During W.W. II, my brother saw Ray Bolger play on the stage in San Francisco. He still talks about what a great performer he was.
Ray Bolger died in 1987 at age eighty-three.
The scarecrow said he was a failure because he didn’t have a brain.
Dorothy (Judy Garland) asked what he would do with a brain if he had one.
He replied that he could, “wile away the hours conferring with the flowers and consulting with the rain.”
He said that while he was scratchin’ his head, that thoughts would be hatchin’.
He added that he could resolve riddles that were causing others to be in trouble and pain.
Dorothy told his that with “all that thinkin’, he would be another Lincoln,” if he only had a brain.
Did the scarecrow ever get his brain?
No, the Wizard of Oz gave him a diploma.
What did the scarecrow really need?
He already had a working brain. He just didn’t have enough confidence to rely on his thoughts.
You can destroy the confidence of a person by continually calling him or her, stupid.
Never use such terms. Sometimes, even in jest, they can hurt.
How do we educate our children?
First, we have to realize that they are intelligent human beings.
Most children can speak fully coherent and grammatically correct sentences by the time they are three years old.
They have learned a foreign language!
The fact of the matter is that it is very difficult to learn a foreign language when you are over 25 years old.
I have a friend who speaks French and Spanish and German to his young daughters. So they too can speak these languages.
He speaks French to his dog. The dog obeys him and speaks French back. Did you know that Woof! In French is also Woof!
The point is that children learn different thing easier at different times in their lives.
I taught my youngsters to play chess when they were four-years-old.
It’s just a game, isn’t it?
I taught my oldest son some simple algebra when he was four or five.
Many children can learn to read at age three or four. Just give them a chance.
Anything that requires memory only is easily learned by very young children.
I use to say to my nephew when he was about three, “Say Pithecanthropus erectus.”
Back it would come.
And don’t little children learn all of the names of the dinosaurs very quickly?
Things that require coordination are better learned at an older age.
Drawing requires eye-hand coordination. Some children have naturalartistic talent and show it early.
Others can be taught to draw when they have developed the required coordination.
Incidentally, it’s best not to teach young boys contact sports until their bones and joints have developed properly to take the jolts and bumps.
The thing is that children need to be interfaced with many subjects while they are young.
You can be the example:
If you write a poem, your child will want to right a poem.
If you draw a picture, your child will want to draw one too.
If you write a story, your child will want to write a story.
If you study birds, your child will want to study birds.
Do a lot of different things with your children to help them find their interest early.
I returned to graduate school when my children were young. They thought that spending your life in college was a normal thing to do. My oldest son spent eight years in residency after medical school to become a neurosurgeon.
Number three son went to the veterinarian college at Purdue University.
Number four son has one more year of law school.
My daughter’s education was interrupted because of her husband going off to Medical School and then doing his residency in anesthesiology. He works with a heart team. This year, a grandmother, she earned her RN and is working with newborn babies, especially those that need intensive care. She is an accomplished portrait artist.
All four of my sons are Eagle Scouts. They were exposed to many different areas through the Scout Merit Badge Program. Three of my grandsons are also Eagle Scouts.
So, I think I’m giving good advice.
Spend time with your children.
Teach them what you know.
Expose them to mind-opening experiences.
Zoos are good.
Museums and planetariums are good.
Nature is good.
The library is good.
Television is good if you are selective about what you and your children watch. But TV can be a bug-out from exposing your children to educational experiences.
Let your children explore their world.
I think I said this in another lesson.
When I moved to this mountain town four years ago (a while back, now in Idaho), I learned that many families here stopped watching television years ago.
Some only use the television for DVDs.
But there are good educational programs on television.
You just have to make some restrictions so that your children will not be deprived of a real education that only you can give them.
Teach your children to learn to do things that are difficult to do.
There is no other way to stretch the mind.
There is no other way to give them a competitive edge in their adult life.
For Little Children
“What are you doing, Billy?”
“Get out of my light, Sandy. I’m studying these ants.”
Sandy stepped back and said, “Haven’t you got anything else to do? Studying ants? Why?”
“Girls don’t understand science and stuff,” said Billy. “I’m going to be a scientist.”
Sandy lifted her chin. “I’m going to be a ballerina.”
“A what?” Billy asked.
“A prima ballerina. A dancer. That’s what I’m going to be.”
Billy laughed. “In this little town? Who would go to see you?”
“New York! Paris! Moscow! That’s were I’ll be dancing.”
“Fat chance!” said Billy. “I’m going down on the Amazon River and to Africa. I’ve read that they have lots of ants to study in those places.”
Sandy laughed and said, “I think you have plenty of ants right there, Billy. There climbing up your leg!”
“So what?” said Billy. “Do you want to look at this one with wings through my magnifying glass?”
“An ant with wings? Sure! Give me the glass.”
“It’s a queen,” said Billy.
“Wow! She really looks good through this magnifying glass. I’m going to look at a hundred of them.”
“Oh, no!” said Billy. “I think it’s time for you to go home and tell your mother she wants you. Give me my magnifying glass.”
Billy grabbed the magnifying glass.
Sandy jumped up and ran home.
Billy thought, Now she is gone, I can really study these critters. But Sandy came running back from her house with an even bigger magnifying glass.
Billy said, “Wow! Can I look through that thing?”
“Sure,” said Sandy. “But you’ve got to make me a promise.”
Billy grabbed the larger magnifying glass. “What promise?”
“You’ve got to take me with you to the Amazon River and Africa.”
“Sure,” said Billy, “but what about all that dancing stuff?”
“Girls can change their minds if they want to. I’m going to be an entomologist!”
Billy asked, “A what?”
“Boys are so dumb! It’s a bug scientist. Give me back my magnifying glass.”
They both kneeled on the ground and studied the ants together.
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