Friday, March 9, 2012
I just finished reading a GREAT book. It's called Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen. In this book, Esolen shows how imagination is being extinguished in our children all the time. It is being murdered by: raising our children almost exclusively indoors; in reducing love to sex education and hygiene; not allowing children free time and over scheduling them with organized free time; teaching children that EVERYONE is a hero and thus making true heroes not important; distracting children with shallow time fillers and noise; and causing the children to deny the transcendent. He takes aims at the trends that are causing this destruction while offering parents and children clear solutions as well. This book reclaims lost traditions. And it is very witty. It kinda reminds me of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters (another fantastic book that I need to reread soon). I believe this book helps any parent who cares about what childhood has become, and wants to give their children something better.