Oct 19, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Dewey2)

"To a grown-up person who is too absorbed in his own affairs to take an interest in children's affairs, children doubtless seem unreasonably engrossed in their own affairs."
Curiosity seems to have a negative, childish connotation in English. But, I think its something will all need to practice more often. Even recognizing this, in public situations I feign un-interest in situations that I would otherwise react to with emotionally charged attention. Social norms dictate when it is appropriate to be emotionally moved. A person in more likely to be ridiculed for not knowing than praised for wanting to know.

"We first look with impatience upon immaturity, regarding it as something to be got over as rapidly as possible. Then the adult formed by such educative methods looks back with impatient regret upon childhood and youth as a scene of lost opportunities and wasted powers. This ironical situation will endure till it is recognized that living has its own intrinsic quality and that the business of education is with that quality. Realization that life is growth protects us from that so-called idealizing of childhood which in effect is nothing but lazy indulgence."

"With respect to the development of powers devoted to coping with specific scientific and economic problems we may say the child should be growing in manhood. With respect to sympathetic curiosity, unbiased responsiveness, and openness of mind, we may say that the adult should be growing in childlikeness. One statement is as true as the other. "
 All three by Dewey.

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