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  •  You were very fortunate (2+ / 0-)
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    to have that influence early in your life.  Probably more people here than most have a similar important influence in their lives, but the great majority haven't, not in the sense of reflective thought beyond the basic logic and information levels.  And to achieve an independent, reflective
    habit of mind requires first exposure to and then engagement in some narrative with age or rather maturity level appropriateness.  Some more creative or sensitive thinkers are able to create their own narratives from the experiences around them.

    I also think it used to occur often with bible study when it wasn't so concerned with cramming pre-interpted and dogmatic views down reader's throats.  But that was back when more actually read and thought some about what they read.  Also before translations sucked the life out of human experiences and now there's even the conservative bible, etc.  Gotta program the minds today early on since the more literary versions led to questioning and some independent thought.

    In fact that's the whole direction with public education reform today in all academic areas and why the humanities especially are being indirectly excluded in the process.  With its imperfections and shortcomings, too many children were developing higher level thought processes, by intent or incidence, which led to questioning the status quo.

    As your essay so clearly illustrates with your siblings, conformity, and especially controlling the types of questions that should, and then eventually can, be asked is viewed by the authoritarian right and fundamentalists as anti-social and destructive.
    Unfortunately even so-called liberals can fall into that
    mindset if they are not particulary self-aware.  And then for those who don't think at all, it is the default position in confronting anything intellectually challenging.

    For those who serve the greater cause may make the cause serve them.... Murder in The Cathedral......T.S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 03:49:06 PM PDT

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    •  Wow blue, you jest 'blew' me away. And I'll (3+ / 0-)
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      tell you why.  Until I was in the 9th grade, I was (on purpose because of my Dad) sent to Catholic Schools).  At those schools were were required to study Latin (or other languages beginning in the sixth grade), we were also required to study higher mathematics, and advanced science courses at an early age, and even Civics classes.  (And then of course, there was YIKES ..Catechism classes ...I got into big trouble there).  

      When my dad was transferred to New England, I was tested by the only Public High School available and my parents were told by this new school that I should probably skip the 9th grade and move forward to either the 10th or 11th grade based on my academic knowledge and testing.

      That was the difference between the kind of education we as children were getting at the Catholic schools, and the public school systems.  

      Long story short, my parents refused to move me ahead because they felt I would be ostracized and decided I was not socially or emotionally ready for 'the older kids.'  I think that they were right, but I can tell you I was incredibly bored to death for most of my high school years.  So my Dad helped me out when he was home, and I went directly towards the creative arts: writing, music and art as an outlet.  

      I know how fortunate I was, and I rarely if ever share my own personal family stories here, but I am ever so thankful for the kind of Dad that I had.  He was what they call a true Renaissance individual, and excelled in so many ways in his life.  But he was a true hard ass, and had his faults too, as do I, as do all of us.  Such is life.

      Thanks for your post so very much.

      Ms. B.

       

      “I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.” William Jennings Bryan

      by Badabing on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:47:20 PM PDT

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