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Book Title: Magical Child|
Date of issue: August 9th 1980
ISBN 13: 9780553200560
The author of the book: Joseph Chilton Pearce
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 558 KB
Edition: Bantam Books
Read full description of the books Magical Child:The biggest problem with this book is the fact that although much of it is science-based -- the author, Joe Pearce -- doesn't have a science-oriented degree (although he does have a Master of Arts degree and some "post-graduate studies" under his belt). Also, the text, although still highly relevant, is a bit outdated (1977).
The main premise of the book is written on the cover: "this book will help you rediscover nature's plan for our children". And, really, Pearce does make a promising case, except for some far-fetched mystical situations he poses (such as healing a bleeding wound simply by willing it to stop, and bending of spoons with the mind). There is however another realm of interpretation that the author makes room for, which is that reality is truly subjective and that we need to trust ourselves more instead of fearing the unknown, and there are some positive messages about power coming from within (for us adolescent and adult folk, the ending seems to tie together some messages that stretch beyond the childhood we've left behind). It is not a disappointing read for those of us who do not have children yet.
This book is VERY unschooling-related and focuses on:
- a new concept of intelligence not as memorization of facts, but of ability to respond to and assimilate new information ("muscular-mindedness")
- recognizing and meeting the needs of children (right from birth!)
- seeing children as whole people, while understanding their current developmental stage
- recognizing and responding to our own needs
- understanding that intent precedes ability
- the learning cycle (stress-assimilation)
- neuroscience, how people learn, and stages of learning
- how children move from concrete to abstract thought
- why being a "late reader" is a positive thing
Some key movements this text seems to support? natural birth, attachment parenting, unschooling, radical unschooling (except for his very "1977" aversion to television)...
Also, even though Pearce apparently attended a theological college, his writing has NO religious slant whatsoever, though in general he takes a very "earthy and mystical" approach to living.
I'm interested to see what Pearce discusses in his sequel, Magical Child Matures. I'm curious about how his concepts apply to older children, adolescents, and adults.
Read information about the authorFor nearly half a century Joseph C. Pearce, who prefers to be known simply as Joe, has been probing the mysteries of the human mind. One of his overriding passions remains the study of what he calls the "unfolding" of intelligence in children. He is a self-avowed iconoclast, unafraid to speak out against the myriad ways in which contemporary American culture fails to nurture the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs and yearnings of our young people. Part scholar, part scientist, part mystic, part itinerant teacher, Joe keeps in close touch with the most brilliant men and women in each field of inure relevant to his guest. He creates a unique synthesis of their work and translates the results into a common language-such a valuable contribution in these days of increasing scientific specialization.
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