Liberal. Education

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
– George Santayana

We here at Small Dog Syndrome got some fun  emails from a previous post (the post about things one’s kids ought to know.  Not the post about beating one’s kids.  Very different).  And so, because it’s summer and I need something to do on my lunch breaks and weekends, I think I’ll start up a bit of a series on the subject (again, about what’s one’s children out to be exposed to, not domestic violence.  Just so we’re clear).  Nothing formal, and certainly not organized; that’s just not the way we do things around here.  Let’s think of it as an ongoing project that will intermittently interject into our regularly scheduled reading.

Do you have something to share with the class?

I’m opening this up for discussion as well, be free with your comments, accolades, scathing rebukes towards my taste, etc.  And by all means, add your own suggestions!  I’m looking for books, movies, TV shows, vacation spots, and the like, all I ask is that you keep it culturally-minded.  Meaning while Spongebob Squarepants may have been your favorite drivel growing up, I’m looking for the quality things that you’d truly want your future spawn to know of.  More importantly, why.

8 thoughts on “Liberal. Education”

      1. Oh, I know. I just thought you’d enjoy that along related lines.

        As long as I’m here, though, I guess I’ll answer your question.

        Televisionwise, it’s hard to beat earlier Sesame Street. Stuff like this:


        That’s stuff you can treasure at any age.

        I generally consider “Elmo’s World” a disappointment, but I’m told my nephew loves it. Maybe there’s merit in it, but it doesn’t seem like the sort of thing you’ll care about later.

        There are some gems in the newer ones, too. I mean, how do you get more cultural than these?

        Moving off of Sesame Street, I’d like to put a plug in for Fred Rogers. The man took a serious approach to children’s television, and it shows in the quality of his stuff.

        Literature: my children will be read to from George MacDonald’s “The Princess and the Goblin”. If you’ve never heard of it, you ought to check it out– google books has the whole thing. (MacDonald, incidentally, was a great influence on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien).

  1. Number one: My offspring will love “Our Town.”
    (For all you peasants: it is a great American play by Thornton Wilder. Read it. You’ll love it. I also suggest the Masterpiece Theatre production starring Paul Newman.)

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