An Exploration of Sacred Parenting and Education

Reading with curiosity and imagination

In Education, parenting, Story telling on January 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm

A few days ago, I was reading ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly’ with my daughter. Her first question was why did she swallow the fly? I didn’t have a straight answer. As the story progressed, I realised how meaningless it became for her. So we decided to take a trip to the library and borrowed a dozen books this weekend. The more I read with her, the more I realise the importance of  pictures and how each page serves for some potential discussion. Today, she was able to turn the pages back and link two different parts of the story together which I thought was impressive.

In the world of Physics, no doubt one of the most creative minds of the century was the late Richard Feynman. In this video clip he explains how his farther read the encyclopedia Britannica to him as a child. At every relevant point, his father would translate into some reality what they had read by bringing into context of everyday life. In his words: ‘there was no pressure, just interesting discussions’.  Feynman took a visual approach solving problems and is famous for his Feynman diagrams. What I personally found interesting about the clip was how his father too was a keen learner too and wanted to know how atoms produce photons (particles of light).

Another interesting story is that of Ben Carson the worlds leading pediatric neurosurgeon who at the age off 33 became the youngest major division director, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Hospital. He is an innovator in his field and had done operations other have deemed impossible. Ben was considered the ‘dumbest kid in fifth grade’ and showed no academic promise until his mother got him and his brother to stop watching TV and instead read two books a week. At the end of each week, they were to write a report on the books and give it to their mother. Unknown to them at the time, their mother was illiterate. In addition to being from an impoverished background, facing prejudice and racism, he also struggled with his uncontrollable bad temper which through prayer, at a turning point in his life, was eventually healed. Excellent movie & book on his life called Gifted Hands.

In the Islamic tradition the first word revealed was ‘Iqra:read or recite. There is much to write about this topic. I cant do it justice in a few lines. Maybe someone can pick it up?

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  1. Greeting from across the world. informative post I shall return for more.

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