Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
From This Week in Education, a young Superman recites Tennyson’s The Eagle.
Like a class in abstract art…so easy a child could do it. Outside of mama’s pride, is their a point here?
Yes, there is a point.
It demonstrates that curriculum can be taught in different ways at different levels.
What is the appropriate age to teach Socrates’ analogy of The Cave?
The answer is, any age, but in different ways.
The Pigman is not an 8th grade book. Huck Finn in not an 11th grade book.
Nobody is too young for Tennyson. Nor too old (except maybe for James Joyce.)
The idea of what is age appropriate is a barrier–and an excuse.
Who was it, Mortimer Adler? I forget exactly who said that anything can be taught at any age if modified appropriately. (Somebody, please help me out with this.)
You can agree or disagree. It’s a theory.
But I, for one, embrace it.
When my 7th graders say they’re unable to memorize poetry, I think I’ll have this video at the ready.
No, I think it’s more than parental pride.
And you know what? Little Superman will probably never forget these lines.
And now he know more Tennyson than I do.
I think the poem is also more than just memorized syllables to little Superman. Notice how he’s doing hand motions to help illustrate the poem. He was probably taught these motions to help him remember the words, but they also help add meaning. Little Superman knows more Tennyson than I do, also. I’m more impressed by this than by some eight-year-old scoring eleventy-billion points in the latest Tony Hawk video game.
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