By Diane Ravitch
If you’re an actress or a coed simply attempting to do a man-size task, a yes-man who turns a deaf ear to a couple sob sister, an heiress aboard her yacht, or a bookworm having fun with a boy’s evening out, Diane Ravitch’s the world over acclaimed The Language Police has undesirable information for you: Erase these phrases out of your vocabulary!Textbook publishers and country schooling businesses have sought to root out racist, sexist, and elitist language in lecture room and library fabrics. yet in line with Diane Ravitch, a number one historian of schooling, what all started with the simplest of intentions has veered towards weird and wonderful extremes. At a time after we have fun and inspire variety, younger readers are fed bowdlerized texts, without the references that supply those works their which means and power. With forceful arguments and brilliant strategies for rescuing American schooling from the strain teams that experience made school rooms bland and uninspiring, The Language Police deals a strong corrective to a cultural scandal.
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Everything that must evolve in the etheric body before the seventh year—ideas, habits, memory, and so on—all of this must develop “by itself,” just as the eyes and ears develop within the mother-body without the influence of external light. The things that we read in Jean Paul’s excellent educational work, Levana or Science of Education, is no doubt true. He says that travelers have learned more from their nurses in their first years of life than they will in all of their journeys around the world.
He says that travelers have learned more from their nurses in their first years of life than they will in all of their journeys around the world. Children, however, do not learn by instruction or admonition, but through imitation. The physical organs shape themselves through the influence of the physical environment. Good sight will be developed in children if their environment has the proper conditions of light and color, while in the brain and blood circulation the physical foundations will be laid for a healthy moral sense if children see moral actions in their environment.
It is not moralistic talk or wise admonitions that influence children in this sense, but it is, rather, what adults do visibly before their eyes. The effect of admonition is that it shapes the forms—not of the physical, but of the etheric body; and the The Education of the Child 19 etheric body, as we saw, is surrounded until the seventh year by a protecting etheric envelope, even as the physical body is surrounded before physical birth by the physical envelope of the mother-body. Everything that must evolve in the etheric body before the seventh year—ideas, habits, memory, and so on—all of this must develop “by itself,” just as the eyes and ears develop within the mother-body without the influence of external light.