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  •  I was a precocious reader when I was young... (8+ / 0-)

    I had books snatched away from me by by teachers.  Textbooks, math, presumably beyond my level. I wanted to see what they held.  I showed an interest, for gods' sake!  They called my parents in and convinced them that I should not be allowed access to these materials, citing some developmental harm which could presumably befall me.
    I still feel the burning impotent rage against this conspiracy of ignorance. I was a blossoming math student, moving from "D" to "A" in one year, when I finally connected with the right teacher.  I was clearly ready, but none could see, having no good eyes.
    I read political tracts and incendary literature at an early age, all beyond my level, which definitely swayed my life-long views of justice, life, love, the role of humanity in the universe.  OK, so maybe THAT was dangerous! I stand today, a tired old man, proud of my improbable, twisted, nonlinear development, and thoroughly convinced that no one should ever restrict, but rather guide and support.

    •  It is wonderful that you had such an intense (1+ / 0-)
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      relationship to ideas through reading when you were that age.  And unfortunate that such things were snatched from you.  

      I was also a precocious and insatiable reader.  My parents let me read every book in their home, whether or not it was "appropriate" or I could understand it.  I read stuff that I did NOT comprehend, but hey it was a book and I plowed through it.  The only thing they hid from me was their pornography, but eventually I happened upon it when I was around 16.  

      What they did was fine-- leaving the stuff open to me to graze on and to work my way through.  

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:37:03 AM PST

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    •  Boy am I thankful that (1+ / 0-)
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      precocious readers even exist! Of all of the things to encourage in young students, this has to be paramount. What a beautiful comment you made. I  could rec you a thousand times!

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