Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kids these days

I know that as a middle-aged person, I should start complaining about kids these days and all that is wrong with them, and, who knows, I might get there soon. As of today, however, I'm kind of impressed.

I visited my son's kindergarten class this morning to read stories and give them treats, and as I was sitting around, I saw several kids show some real emotional IQ. In one situation, a girl was upset about something, and another girl came over and said, "I know how you feel, that happened to me once" and gave a very emphathetic look.

In another situation, when I was reading stories, I would substitute the kids' names in for the characters, as a way of involving them. This worked great for 16 of the kids, but 1 got upset. Me being me, I didn't even notice, but my son Floyd leaned over and said "Daddy, you probably shouldn't play this game with her. It makes her sad." Wow!

On previous occasions, I have been cynical about what I've seen as schools teaching touchy-feely stuff, instead of academics, by, hey, it seems to be working.

6 comments:

Knumb said...

Wow.

How sweet!

André said...

They can feel, but can they do math?

(For the cynicism you desired)


Of course, as Knumb has said, it is really sweet. Small children are great at sensing feelings. Most people have stifled that ability by the time they are adults. We really shouldn't.

Brad Wright said...

Hm-m-m, not sure about the math...

Some of the kids were great at sensing feelings. I certainly hope they don't get that snuffed out.

S.S.Stone said...

Thank God for children to bring it home...you'd know better than I which reading in the Bible where it states that we should keep our hearts like children...or something similar...or "be as little children".

Paula Harrington said...

Kindergarteners are precious. They are still little and innocent and think their parents are perfect! Give them a few years though :)

Brad Wright said...

:-)