Writing 101, Day five: Hook ’em with a quote

Today’s assignment: ย Hook ’em with a quote

Rabindranath Tagore says:

Don’t limit your child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.

 

Rabindranath Tagore is one of those personalities, who provided us with music, poetry and prose. I have learned a lot from his songs, poems, fiction and non-fiction. Today I feel it is time for me to honor him by using his quote.

As a child I asked many questions, but no one wanted to answer them.My eldest brother tried to stop me by using the famous quote,“curiosity killed a cat.”

When I read Tagore’s quote, I felt I wish I could ask him about certain things I was curious about.

It is true sometimes a child’s questions baffle us, we adults try to stop him/her, because we feel children’s knowledge should be limited to the alphabets, for they are too young to know more than the letters.

Once my colleague complained about her five year old son, “He is not cooperative,” she said.

“Why are you saying this ?” was my question.

She then told me, his kindergarten teacher complained, he refuses to participate in their classroom activities.

It seems the five-year old children were introduced to colors, each time the teacher mentioned a specific color, one of the kids was asked to run and stand on that color. When Jay’s turn came, he looked the other way.The teacher was upset and complained to his mother, that her son was not paying attention.

Jay knew all the colors and thought it was too stupid to run and stand on the color. This is one example, there are many others. This is where Tagore says, “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.”

Our world has changed a lot, back when I was a kid, we never heard of cell phones, today I see little ones with a cell phone on his palm. I’m awed by this, it makes me want to see what kind of messages are they sending to their friends.

Yes with every new generation we find kids know more than I ever did at that age. I’m not embarrassed for I know, our minds were limited to know what was available in our time. Today if we hold our children back on the presumption it’s well beyond their age, we’d be doing them a disservice. “As they are born in another time.”

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12 thoughts on “Writing 101, Day five: Hook ’em with a quote

  1. A great quote. I used one from The Prophet for my assignment today. Another from the same book, which I almost used was ‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth’. I think it has a similar meaning to yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dear Ranu,

    This is an excellent post. Thank you for it.

    This immediately brought to mind the words of a poet we both admire:

    “Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”

    All good wishes,

    robert

  3. Thoughtful quote…kids do have their own interpretation of things too. We as adults need to draw them out …let them have their say and then share our wealth of experience with them.

  4. Your quote is so timely; I just began reading a book this morning called “A Curious Mind: The Secret To a Bigger Life.” I think both you and Tagore would approve! Thanks for the food for thought.

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