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Anthony Esolen: How to Destroy a Child's Imagination

February 3, 2012

With wickedly funny, deeply poignant prose, Providence College Professor Anthony Esolen's new book dissects how current approaches to education and parenting squash children's imaginations and cheapen childhood. Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child discusses forming a child's mind and heart to wonder at the world around him. "Imaginative children are by nature difficult to herd," he says. "Schools are built for a certain kind of efficiency and anonymity; they look like factories, and serve many of the same functions." Esolen both explains why and discusses what to do about it.