|Posted by Charles Fischer on January 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM|
Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all. -Fred Allen
If this has any grain of truth to it, then we obviously need to help students create a better balance between media and the "real world." There is good news, though.
I have done a lot of naturalist activities with students, and I am not just referring to nature walks or bird watching. What I mean by the term naturalist is really just learning to be more natural. I might take students for a hike and have them feel the textures of trees, the rough and smooth sides of leaves, the various grits of dirt that appear in specific places of the trail. We might focus on smelling things for an hour.
My students get most excited when I get out my bag of blindfolds, though. There is something truly amazing and mysterious about the world when we subtract out our dominate form of experiencing it.
Students WANT these experiences and they want them badly. But we have to provide them, otherwise TV, movies and video games will continue dominating children's lives.