Disciplined Devouts and Creative Iconoclasts As College-Worthy

2 09 2007

Daryl blogged this about Patrick Henry College students. The book’s author admires these young conservative Christian go-getters for their “sense of discipline that characterizes devout people of all creeds” and it’s true, school training (religious or not) does tend to emphasize “discipline” both for knowledge itself and its seekers — but imo, discipline in either sense pales next to the thrilling intellectual adventures of truly higher education, for truly gifted intellects of any age or culture:

“Is this someone that I’d be excited to have in my class? And is he or she open to being changed by my class?
. . .Some students are team players and high achievers, but I’d trade them for stubbornly creative iconoclasts. Some students as children were taught to color inside the lines, watch Barney the purple dinosaur, and always ask permission. We need students who found out what Crayons tasted like, loved reading “The Cat in the Hat” and paid little attention to rules — students whose parents encouraged their children’s curiosity.

The irony is that many students begin to perceive late in college that they’ve missed something along the way. . . . that their uncomfortable sense of passivity has its roots in the highly controlled existence foisted on them.

However you choose to do it, give your children, their teachers and society one of the greatest gifts of all: Help your kids become creative, independent, curious, interesting people.”