Yesterday we took a couple of hours off to meet a distant cousin
in a gorgeous botanical Garden in Frankfurt.
Called the Palm Garden,
you can not only walk the huge area,
and enjoy the lake,
and the flowers,
and the sunshine,
you can also absorb the sounds.
And the smells.
And learn a lot.
And, in our case,
from the cousin,
who is an early retiree,
couldn’t stand it and went back to work type,
we learned a lot about kids.
And what is really going on in education at the moment
That working with all kinds of kids
in the very very difficult Frankfurt school system,
with umpteen languages and cultures,
and umpteen views of God and the world,
it all depends on the parents.
according to her,
and her years and years of experience,
if the home has more books,
and allots more quality time for books
than tv, or,
more importantly today, computers,
the kids will make it.
Ditto for alternative parenting sources like religious institutions,
which, whatever the religious direction,
needs a program that gets the kids involved.
ie a program in our church, for example,
to watch, and discuss, a Blues Brothers film
from the standpoint of what the actors were really saying.
And what the kids thought of the ideas.
And then they did a kids choir program where they sang a couple of blues brothers songs-
very popular over here.
Or, in the case of a choir project I set up, the old-time gospel John the Revelator,
and Riverside, which is as well-known over here as in the US,
and even O Happy Day, just so the kids heard it, just once, when it wasn’t being used
as a soap commercial, if you can believe it.
So there you have it.
Saving the world, according to E…
Which makes a lot of sense to me.
and then church as addendum to the parents,
of course the schools.
And here I have to admire his cousin.
She has been hit by all the “new and innovative” programs thrown at her,
weathered them all,
and still believes
schools are there to bring kids in touch with books.
When working with a book, the kids have to separate themselves off from the gang,
no computer pings
no others telling them what to think,
and just be still.
before they discuss.
And in tolerance.
Not to dispute, but to learn.
And then you have juice.
And graham crackers.
And a short nap.
Play with the class’ rabbit.
And life is good again.
And all that from a couple of hours without a computer.
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