In article <bkcn0d$6r5b$1@ID-106564.news.uni-berlin.de>, Timo Voipio <email@example.com> writes: >Richard Bos wrote: > >> Oh, for heavens' sake. Children of that age not only can, but will count >> for themselves, if only because it's so much fun going "Seven-three! >> Seven-three! Neener, neener!". All these people trying to be "nice for >> the sake of the chiillldruuunnn" are stupid for not realising (or, >> indeed, remembering) how un-nice children themselves can be. > >And who should, as a reminder, read Golding's Lord of the Flies. > Yes, yes.
>Besides, I think that competitiveness just prepares the kids for the real >world...
Exactly. This is what the purpose of all play is, preparation for the real world. The modern "enlightened" educational approach, though, is based on keeping kids as sheltered from the real world as possible till they reach 18, then expect them to magically turn into adults at this date. Then everybody is surprised why there are so many immature people around.
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