Synopses & Reviews
, a classic work, profoundly questioned the current thinking on childbirth pratices, parenting, and educating our children. Now its daring ideas about how Western society is damaging our children, and how we can better nurture them and oruselves, ring truer than ever. From the very instant of birth, says Joseph Chilton Pearce, the human child has only one concern: to learn all that there is to learn about the world. This planet is the child's playground, and nothing should interfere with a child's play. Raised this way, the Magical Child is a a happy genius, capable of anything, equipped to fulfill his amazing potential.
Expanding on the ideas of internationally acclaimed child psychologist Jean Piaget, Pearce traces the growth of the mind-brain from brith to adulthood. He connects the alarming rise in autism, hyperkinetic behavior, childhood schizophrenia, and adolescent suicide to the all too common errors we make in raising and educating our children. Then he shows how we can restore the astonishing wealth of creative intelligence that is the brithright of every human being. Pearce challenged all our notions about child rearing, and in the process challenges us to re-examine ourselves. Pearce's message is simple: it is never too late to play, for we are all Magical Children.
"This is the brilliant, provocative, humane synthesis we've been waiting for. I hope Magical Child
is read by every parent and parent-to-be, every educator, everyone interested in the future of our society."
George Leonard, author of Mastery
"An innovative, philosophical restructuring of modern child psychology."
"A profound, readable, and exciting book."
"This is one of the most important and beautiful books I have ever read. . . . The book is written with the passion of a man who not only cares but knows."
Right from the instant of birth, says Joseph Pearce, the human child has only one concern--to learn all that there is to learn about the world. But in the West we tend to thwart this concern from the very start. Available once again, Magical Child shows how to restore this amazing capacity for creative intelligence that is innate in every human.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-251) and index.
About the Author
Joseph Chilton Pearce is the father of five children and the author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Exploring the Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Bond of Power, and The Magical Child Matures. A former humanities teacher, he now devotes his time to lecturing and writing.
Table of Contents
Magical Child Acknowledgments
Part I. The Monstrous Understanding
1. Promise Given
2. Matrix Shifts
3. Intelligence as Interaction
4. Stress and Learning
5. The New Demonology
6. Time Bomb
7. Breaking the Bond
Part II. The World
9. Cycle of Competence
10. Establishing the Matrix
11. World As It Is
12. Filling in the Details
13. Division of Labor
14. Primary Perceptions
Part III. Transforming the Given
16. Dancing Through the Crack
17. The Two-Way Flow
18. Toward Autonomy
19. The Cycle of Creative Competence
20. Thinking about Thinking
21. Journey into the Mind
22. The Second Bonding
23. Renewing the Promise