Preliminary issue first, that no one dares ask manfully, as if it were sacrilege to recommend to the joy of children, other than books: Is it really useful, pedagogically and socially that children are very excited early reading books? Are books good Christmas bonus?
What kinds of books would be advisable? “While Camescasse said in an unpublished booklet we would like to publish one day, practical knowledge is never dangerous or their degree or their abundance, literary knowledge too soon acquired are among the most serious ways of lowering the human spirit … “reading too early practiced indiscriminately or measure, as is the verbiage, a Lull of being a destructive personality. It intervenes as a screen between life and nature: it prevents to see, think and reflect.
It detaches from the real world to create the crowds this debased “rhyme of paper” which speaks J. Guehenno. We would say better: it is not normal that a child below 10-12 years, plunged into the books. Certainly a philistine who is bored in the living room while the grownups gossip might go to his father’s library a book and take it to forget …
In the garden or park, academically ordered, where nature seems itself fettered, that same child may not find some joy in a book. Month this reading is not a call to be a functional need of the individual: it is an escape. And this explains why so many books written by bourgeois children are bourgeois that escapes out of the stuffy and cold life.
But if I see the threshold of a farm or at the edge of a stream, a child read forgetting everything around him, I pity … It is certainly a little unusual to unhealthy emotions, already gnawed neurosis, which would need clean air, racing, sun and games as untimely nervous excitement. Is not nature the best books for young children; natural communion at this age with all that surrounds you, is it not the most beautiful and the most fertile dreams?
And can we read a book, so beautiful it is, when the river is there to tempt you, when the fish dance in the water when the birds seem to play areca you as they approach, when twilight intoxicating tears them little shepherds of wild joy and improvised songs, old as the world in their original creation? Personally, I seek in vain in my youth and I can not find it pleasant memory of a friend book. I think I have ever read more than a few pages of the books of the old school library.
I would say that the only memory I have left before thirteen, my contact with “culture” is the soporific boredom of one of those “under Price” written by academicians, the Republic, when she was interested in the education of the people, sent into smaller schools. It is true that the whole village, the whole valley belonged to us, and certainly I’ve never found in the books of as moving as the renewal of the seasons: the finest literary evocation can not resurrect the happy winter evenings in the cluttered kitchen, sometimes haunting charm of this quiet in the middle of the night when the snow ouatait not bystanders, and we thought with delight to the games tomorrow.
The mind is itself still had his hand; and if our moms spinning by the fire were not in the mood to entertain us well! we invented our stories and our guessing. Spring, summer? A child can really bored in the fields and this truth born from the earth itself, participating in the cosmos, is not more fertile in harmony as the best human productions?
I do not also think my case is exceptional. Until the child can fully live in the midst of nature, with his comrades, with pets or not, it does not seek normal trade books. This is great, we believe, because nature is everywhere rich enough to fill our early years, and the lessons it provides are those that does not replace any human science. Who hath not received them will be for a lifetime, be an abnormal and incomplete.
This original training earned me personally never completely absorb myself in a book and I always looked with astonishment sometimes mingled envy of fellow students chained to the artificial framework of a story while life only sought me. I can say that the books have never been part of my being. I have used it before: they have not formed me.
It is possible, it is likely that this reaction is the source of heavy shortcomings if ‘culture’ is considered. I think she is, cons, a valuable source of common sense and critical thinking and I am delighted. *** If we are targeting a training words, if we believe that the wisdom and the future are in the books and not elsewhere ah!
Then, draw the child to print, teach him to see life through the pages of the book, searching in old or new written guidelines for his life to him, prepare him to “devour” libraries , put in the brains of words instead of putting ideas. We will continue to prepare so that herd people “who can not think,” who can not read, even if they have the technique, which soon know more looking for that excitement replaces reflection, which does longer have any personal reaction, no more original idea and are just able to serve brutally capitalist machines.
Anyone could still taste the charm of a conversation with one of those old scholars illiterate villages; anyone having so slightly rubbed with “culture” to know the misdeeds, is aware of the current achievements of new schools tell us: Up to ten to twelve years, the child is not done to spend days or evenings, nose in books. Let him live in the fields with the animals and plants, if villagers: it plays in the street if he can not have a garden or a room for the city: where that it is, it develops harmoniously his body, he breathes, gardening, Menuise, construct, produce, since these acquisitions are the basis of the true culture of the future: he listens to the adults around him, it mixes with their lives, they examine, already carries.
All this will not prematurely shine his mind, but will form a strong and determined personality. *** And the books, you say? The obvious purpose which we would achieve would be that the child learns to use without ever being a slave. It is tempting for everyone to sit and watch scrolling images, whether in film, carnival or in books, to let lead by intrigue by simply turning the pages, victims of the bad genius of all those who exploit this natural inclination to debility and suggestion.
But we know where this leads perversion: the brutalization of people by the systematic destruction of all will trends, the subjugation of the masses the true supporters of this educational cartoon, the tremendous influence that the press, film and radio diabolically perfect every day. We shouted it a few years ago: More textbooks.
We say the same: far from us, away from the children of all the books that people “excited” because they flatter the lower propensities of being, college homework answers
which tend to move away from life to substitute for reality, sad or beautiful, unhealthy buildings adults themselves unbalanced and abnormal. Life is not in the books. *** we will exclude rigorously all the books in the education of our children?
If we fear that the printed replaces life, the book supplants the powerful and indispensable personal experience, however, we have no childcare disregard everything as researchers and scholars honest realized before us. We need to work with a difficult task that has not even been attempted to date in our old country and that will be a harmonious coordination of new strengths and achievements of the past. The child?
We help in school to express his life, to enrich it by expanding garlic appropriated! up the achievements of contemporary civilization.