Young babies learn amazingly quickly when they are hungry they cry and someone feeds them, when they are wet someone changes them. At the same time the baby responds to mother by gurgling and smiling at this caring person.  The caring person responds in very much the same way and also by adding some words: whose a beautiful baby then.  Very quickly mother and baby are communicating with  words.  Some time later Bill or Sue will learn to walk and then walking and talking will develop with astonishing rapidity.  Much of this learning is a one to one business, one person speaks and the other listens, they take turns.  Sitting in front of a television set is completely different.  There is no to-ing and fro-ing , the programme has no interest in the person watching whether that person is two years old or eighty-two.  It is totally unresponsive.

    I heard on the radio that some children in England starting school in their fifth year are scarcely able to talk.   Teachers expect children to follow simple instructions and to be able to respond using brief sentences.  It is inexpressibly sad that young children in a rich country like this one start school  at such a terrible disadvantage.  There is a view  that the education of poor children is an unnecessary expense because they will get ideas above their station.  In this rapidly changing world who knows what skills and knowledge will be required in 20 or 30 years.  Countries where only a small wealthy elite are educated like Saudi Arabia or Syria tend to develop very unhappy populations ripe for any demagogue who appears.  What follows is hundreds if not thousands of deaths and a society always in poverty.  In countries where the education of every child matters for example Finland, Sweden or The Netherlands populations, societies are at the forefront of modern developments and their societies are peaceful and prosperous.


4 thoughts on “MAGIC WORDS.

    1. Absolutely! When we look at a very young child there is no way of knowing how that child will develop and the contribution that he or she will one day make. It is an exciting challenge to develop the potential of every child. Many thanks for your comment.

  1. My Aunt Charlotte was learning how to read when I was still very young. She would read every day except Sunday. Each afternoon she would have me on her lap and told me what words she had learnt. This went on for almost a year and I thank her for her pleasant company. Finally, when I went to school for the first time I was a little ahead of my new friends. Thank you Aunt Charlotte.

    1. That’s very interesting, your Aunt Charlotte probably enjoyed reading to you as much as you enjoyed listening. I used to read to Bill and he soon developed a passion for books. In the 1970s there were so many beautiful children’s books published. He sort of picked it up very easily, as if it was in the air.

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