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Ironically this is something I often wonder myself. An important thing to learn is HOW to learn. And around here the ability to think and reach conclusions based on events and things said is something that emost people and not just the children seem to lack.
Quotation for Sunday, October 24, 2004:
"Why don't they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn't lie and it is obvious she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Larry W. wrote:Perhaps that during the time The Lion, the Witch, and Wardrobe was set in --during the Second World War-- reading and studying fairy tales might not have been encouraged in the elementary schools. I recall reading that Lewis had some negative experiences with the schools as a child, and this may have been a comment relating to that, although I am not certain. At that time stories about other worlds would often have been frowned upon-- whether they were true or not. When the Narnia books were published, fantasy stories became more popular as imagination would then be considered to be more beneficial for children.
Remember Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, who had read only books about exports and drains but needed something more imaginative. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy also needed an understanding of fairy tales to help in knowing Narnia and later, Aslan. It is closer to a knowledge of the heart. This is something different than mathematical logic, which certainly would not be enough to comprehend Narnia and the Lion who made it.
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