Endangered Minds | Quote 00953

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Many children today do not get much exposure to what reflective thought looks or feels like. Many live in homes or attend care centers where hurried, overworked, or undertrained adults don’t have time to provide one-on-one scaffolding or to sense where that critical “zone of proximal development” lies. Others are tended by caretakers who do too much for the child and thus block the internalization of responsibility. Many attend schools that try to cram the storehouse full, while disregarding the necessity for internal motivation, talking— and thinking— to oneself, and personal coaching for problem-solving. A great deal of babysitting is done by a mesmerizing screen that reduces problems to two-minute “bits” in a generic “zone of proximal development.” No wonder many of our children have trouble.

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Jane Healy


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