Part of the loneliness and isolation so many of us feel is because we are separated from our purpose and from the primal urge to share our gifts. From such an early age we are directed to reading and writing as a way to fit into society and thrive. But only a fraction of children learn this way.
Those that don’t learn best by reading and writing are labeled slow learners and medicated as a means of managing them. There are so many children that just don’t have the temperament to sit in chairs for hours and listen. The need to do, touch, see, express, sing, dance, experience and share. What a waste of resources to allow these children to waste away in a setting that is non indicative of their way of learning.
Think about the present structure of schools. It was set into place during the puritanical times when children were thought to only be seen and not heard. In so many ways, that motto is still being played out because so many children are not being seen or heard.
When I was in my early twenties, I lived in an inner city neighborhood where there were houseful of children just running around unsupervised. The noise level was unbearable. So I befriended all the children and started to teach them. I not only worked on preparing them better for learning, I taught them ethics and kindness to each other.
These screaming, fighting obnoxious children were so attentive and demure when we would meet on my porch for their studying. When they laughed at one child’s abilities, they soon realized that was not the cool thing to do. I was not equipped to teach so many children but I knew how pliable children are to learning if they are validated as individuals and given the respect they deserve. Of course I learned what all great teachers already realize. They were all just needing validation and to be recognized as special.
There are shows on now, that showcase special talents of very young children. Not many of them are centered around reading and writing. What every young child expert has in common is someone who nurtures them and recognizes their talents when they are revealed. Otherwise the talents will melt away as if they didn’t exist.
When I was about ten, I showed many signs of artistry and talents. I made my own stuffed animals, taught myself to knit using two pencils, discovered embroidery using an iron-on patch and threads in my mother’s sewing machine, made a whole nativity set out of play-doh and even made a bathing suit out of a polyester pant leg at one point. There were so many signs of creativity there. If only someone had encouraged them. If only I had more access to encouragement and supplies.
I think of all the children out there who are just barely getting their needs met. Then I think of all the lonely people in adult homes who are so desperately wanting company. Why does this society compartmentalized demographics so much? Perhaps nurseries and schools should be located next to senior citizen facilities so these two demographics can assist each other.
The controlling archaic factions are crumbling away under the sheer weight of themselves. It is time to rejuvenate the education system and allow the good teachers, the ones thriving under impossible conditions to lead the way. They are the ones who are living their purpose. When one lives their purpose, they are innately plugged into higher truth.