Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Term 'Catching Up'
I've begun to hate the term 'catching up.' The reason? In order to catch up, the one behind must move/develop at a significantly faster pace. For example, two cars left the garage at the same time. Car 1 can travel at 60 mph and Car 2 has some engine trouble and can only travel at 30 mph. Car 1 reached the 60 mile mark in one hour, and is still driving, but Car 2 is only at the 30 mile mark. In order for Car 2 to catch up to Car 1, Car 2 must travel FASTER than Car 1.
So for my child of 13.5 yrs. to catch up to her peer group in, say, 7 years. She will have to gain 16 years worth of development in those 7 years. Unless she reaches a point of accelerated learning and development, it's just not going to happen. The big question is, can my child reach a level of learning and understanding and the capacity to process and gain from experiences that will lead to this acceleration in learning or will she always be behind her peers? Can she learn enough to get by in a socially appropriate and responsible way?
The other questions I'm wresting with are:
How do you teach a child how to think?
How do you teach them to WANT to think?
How do you teach them that they NEED to think?
One of the blog posts in the suggested blog I mentioned in my last post hit the nail on the head when she said that the "glitch" brain doesn't recognize a problem, so there isn't anything to solve.
It's extremely interesting and frightening to see my 2.5 yr. old surpass my 15, 13 and 10 yr. olds in many things. They notice it, too. One doctor pointed out that this would happen, but I didn't think if would happen so quickly. It's truly astonishing how much learning happens in infancy and toddlerhood that gives a human being knowledge that they use for the rest of their lives.