1,000 Words Too


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3 thoughts on “1,000 Words Too

  1. Hi Alex,

    I think the difficulty with the poster is the tricky business of what you do with the child until they reach the age – whatever age that is – when they are old enough to choose for themselves (about any number of things, not simply religion – politics would be a less emotive but similar area, for example). You can’t bring them up in a vacuum in which the way you choose to live (in the widest sense) and your view and interpretation of the world are hidden from your child.

    The cartoon puzzled me – the previous one on the site made a much better point, I thought – as I can’t imagine anyone of any persuasion imagining an education system is possible which doesn’t involve critical thinking skills. I was sufficiently puzzled that I googled and discovered Critical Thinking Skills, which explained a bit but left me sceptical – I’m always a bit wary of people taking common sense, codifying it, claiming their way as The Way, and selling it back to us, whether as self-help psychology or professional best practice.

    I didn’t want to get into it too much, even though making brief points always ends up leaving us with more questions than explanations. I was going to post on my own blog something different I’d read relating to the poster – and will doubtless get around to it several months from now – but saw your posts and didn’t want you to think I was retorting to your posts on the sly!

    Best wishes,

    • Hi Iain,

      Thanks for commenting. It is actually a tricky issue as you obviously can’t keep a child in a vacuum. In our secular house we go for honesty and openness as the best policy.

      I find that the best you can do is explain why different people believe different things (be it politically, religiously, etc.) and be honest when asked to say what you think and believe without being too judgemental (very tricky). Also, I try and get my kids to ask questions and to think critically about what people say, why they say it and if what they say makes sense. It’s important that they know it’s okay not to take what someone says at face value especially when a sensible explanation is not forthcoming.

      Of course whatever approach you adopt your own beliefs and views will rub off on your kids to an extent. So what you’re doing is giving them the ability to question your beliefs and values so they can assess them for themselves. You then have to be ready for the possibility that your kids may reject your views (your label?) however firmly held.

      As you say, “more questions than explanations” the deeper you get into it.

      Thanks again,

  2. Thanks Alex,
    that’s pretty much what I’d say too, though I think we’re at a younger stage than you. We’ve entered a phase where we’re discovering that the younger ears are paying a lot more attention to the radio that’s on in the background than we are, and we’re starting to get some interesting questions, especially in relation to speech radio. It makes you a lot more aware of what’s on ‘in the background’ and what’s being taken in, and the unpleasant stories on the news bulletins in particular (balancing the honesty and openness with age-appropriateness can be tricky sometimes).
    Best wishes,

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