The child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim observ[ed] that at each stage of our lives, fairy tales take on new significance and speak ‘simultaneously to all levels of the human personality, communicating in a manner which reaches the uneducated mind of the child as well as that of the sophisticated adult…
What draws readers to a text is a sense of connection or curiosity.
Students who value independent reading are more likely to tell you that time spent reading is crucial because it gives them a chance to think, learn, and fantasize.
A good teacher makes you think even when you don’t want to.
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We want our children to thrive and possibly change the world and improve lives, and yet we don’t allow for curiosity to grow and develop in our children. Adults are most useful in a child’s life when they expose them to ideas, provide resources and then allow children the freedom to let their imaginations wander in a supportive environment. The imagination that children espouse is a beautiful and often short-lived characteristic that is rarely embraced in the context of a classroom. The importance of unstructured, pleasure-driven learning should not be understated. Children will have plenty of time to learn skills necessary for their future adult life. Give children freedom, support their curiosity, let them make choices and watch them experience organic learning that evolves effortlessly.