31 Jul 2006

life is not a spectator sport

i had a great weekend, full of sports and movies, which made me feel much better, so i've decided not to let another day pass without practising some sports. However, since i've visited some parks and some neighbourhoods, i couldn't stop thinking about some article Alex indicated me some days ago. The article is very well entitled "Life is not a Spectator Sport" and pretty much describes a sad reality of the present times, namely the awkward transformation of children from doers to watchers: "Today’s children are following the example of many adults to become watchers instead of doers, consumers instead of creators, observers instead of active participants. [...] instead of singing, they watch others sing. Instead of making up stories, they watch or listen to stories someone else made up. Instead of figuring out how to do something and developing a new skill they watch someone else perform. Parents have a relatively few precious hours to teach, train, and encourage the development of children's minds and hearts. Yet in today's society, during those hours, shared focus on a mutual task may not take place at all. [...] parents and grandparents are just as likely to be caught up in the “watching” instead of “doing” mode as are the children. Today when parents “do'” something with small children, it seldom involves really “doing” anything at all. Parents are most likely to suggest they watch TV together, go and watch a game, go and watch a movie, or go to the zoo and watch the animals."

5 comments:

cristina said...

nice "observation" :)

abredross said...

Yeah - the article I found on David Weiss' blog was taken from the makezine.com, a magazine that is all about making, and doing and so on.. This article, in a way, what motivated me to start up "undefined"

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Elliott Broidy said...

Truth to that.