One of the cool things about teaching kids is getting to see how their minds work. Not all of them will get from point A to point B in the same manner and I think how they develop the necessary skills to arrive at sound conclusions depends on a host of factors. Most important of which is how information is given and received at home. No amount of reading teams, tutors, therapists, textbooks, special ed programs, latest computer software, Zen masters or whatever can patch all the holes in a child’s critical thinking skills that have been left behind by unengaged parent’s or from lack of playing outside with other flesh and blood human beings for that matter.
I just realized that you can probably get a cell phone and a two year plan for less than what a toy phone would actually cost…
In the 70’s our parents let us play with sticks of dynamite. Eventually we came to call those sticks M-80’s and shortly after they became illegal. Today we put warning labels on everything and make playgrounds out of rubber and sand in an effort to avoid lawsuits under the guise of protecting our kids. Kids are supposed to get scraped knees, they are supposed to fall off monkey bars, they are supposed to play with dynamite… well, maybe not with dynamite. Kids are supposed to be kids, we have to let them get a few bruised elbows from time to time.
I get this kind of stuff all the time. Like, because I’m a teacher, I’m supposed to know about everything; aerodynamics, pathology reports, advanced chemical engineering and so on… If you work at an elementary school that teaches any of those subjects, please get in touch.