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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Overtaxing young minds could have negative consequences

Are our children’s minds being overtaxed in our schools? One Christian author wrote in the book, “Child Guidance,” page 300: “It is customary to send very young children to school. They are required to study from books things that tax their young minds … this course is not wise,” especially for the nervous child.

A first grader, upon coming home from school, showed his mom his homework. It was a math paper that neither his mom nor his 11-year-old sibling understood. In fact, the child got so frustrated that he scribbled all over it. When the parents asked the teacher, she said that she also felt the children are being pushed too fast, but there was nothing she could do.

Again, in “Child Guidance,” page 300: “For the first eight to 10 years of a child’s life, the field or garden is the best schoolroom, the mother the best teacher, nature the best lesson book … During the first six or seven years of a child’s life, special attention should be given to its physical training, rather than intellect … Infancy extends to the age of 6 or 7 … free from care and trouble.”

The mind is a valuable, yet fragile, treasure. We see teen suicides and rebellious children. Could overtaxing their young minds contribute to this? Can we do anything to help?

Lenore Vermeersch