August 13, 2008

something lacking...

"Adults look upon a child as something empty that is to be filled through their own efforts, as something inert and helpless for which they must do everything, as something lacking an inner guide and in constant need of inner direction...An adult who acts in this way, even though he may be convinced that he is filled with zeal, love, and a spirit of sacrifice on behalf of his child, unconsciously suppresses the development of the child's own personality," (quote by Maria Montessori).

Melissa had her first (sort of) day at public school yesterday. It was really a morning of orientation for the freshmen. She came home amazed at how incompetent most of those kids are. She said they couldn't even follow simple directions on how to play a game. I suggested it came from years of other people telling them what to do, where to go, and what to think. She thought maybe I was right.


Heather said...

I have heard that same thing from many who decide to give a year a try. It is amazing to see and realize (my kids have experienced it in VBS and other such places.)

Anonymous said...

I consciously try to squash any impulse to fill my child with anything, and I always find that she is quite "full" on her own! Those moments when she comes up to me and says something like, "I was reading about xxx and it reminded me of when we were talking about xxx and it made me think xxx . . ." are proof of that.

Kimmie said...

You spoke about her first day at public school, how was your first day without her home-praying for you.
Looks like she has her eyes wide open and is full of wisdom.

mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Jena said...

I'm surprisingly calm about the whole thing. She is pretty wise, I agree, and I don't worry about her much, as long as we keep the communication lines open. I am an ever-vigilant mom, so this whole thing is pretty stretching, but so far so good.

Thanks for praying.

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