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COVER STORY 'Safe Schools' and every school's duty of care

CANBERRA OBSERVED Catholic education: not gone but Gonski'd

EDITORIAL Oh dear, Prime Minister, Brexit is harder now

ELECTRICITY Blueprint author did not ask about the weather

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Call for referendum after Taiwan court backs same-sex marriage

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GENDER POLITICS New breed of young women takes on the United Nations

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY The 'Brisbane line' and other scandals

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CINEMA Churchill: The regrets of a Lear

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TEN WAYS TO DESTROY THE IMAGINATION OF YOUR CHILD

Anthony Esolen

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TEN WAYS TO DESTROY THE IMAGINATION OF YOUR CHILD

by Anthony Esolen

(Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2010) 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN: 9781935191889 
Price: AUD$53.90

 

Book description

Extinguishing the minds (and souls) of our children in ten easy steps:

Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, often wickedly funny book, almost everything we are doing to children now constricts their imaginations, usually to serve the ulterior motives of the constrictors.

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child takes square aim at these accelerating trends, in a bitingly witty style reminiscent of C.S. Lewis, while offering parents — and children — hopeful alternatives. Esolen shows how imagination is snuffed out at practically every turn: in the rearing of children almost exclusively indoors; in the flattening of love to sex education, and sex education to prurience and hygiene; in the loss of traditional childhood games; in the refusal to allow children to organise themselves into teams; in the effacing of the glorious differences between the sexes; in the dismissal of the power of memory, which creates the worst of all possible worlds in school — drudgery without even the merit of imparting facts; in the strict separation of the child’s world from the adult’s; and in the denial of the transcendent, which places a low ceiling on the child’s developing spirit and mind.

But Esolen doesn’t stop at pointing out the problem; he offers clear solutions as well. With charming stories from his own boyhood and an assist from the master authors and thinkers of the Western tradition, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child is a welcome respite from the overwhelming banality of contemporary culture. Interwoven throughout this indispensable guide to child rearing is a rich tapestry of the literature, music, art, and thought that once enriched the lives of American children.

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child confronts contemporary trends in parenting and schooling by reclaiming lost traditions. This practical, insightful book is essential reading for any parent who cares about the paltry thing that childhood has become, and who wants to give a child something beyond the dull drone of today’s culture.

 

Author

Professor Anthony Esolen teaches Renaissance English literature and the development of Western civilisation at Providence College, Rhode Island. A senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, he writes regularly for First ThingsCrisis MagazineMagnificatThis Rock and Latin Mass. His most recent books are The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008), and, most recently, Reflections on the Christian Life (Sophia Institute Press, 2013). Professor Esolen has also translated Dante.


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