What child does not talk about wanting to visit the Moon? Or travel in a space ship to outer space? I can remember, as a child, wanting to visit the Man in the Moon. I wanted to know what he ate. He looked so friendly. I was sure I could see his smiley face. This is a time-honoured tradition for children but today it is a reality to take a joy ride into outer space thanks to Virgin Galactic and Sir Richard Branson. This used to be the realm of fantasy. I thought it pretty wonderful when on July 16 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the Moon. I was at school and we all trooped into the assembly hall and watched the feat on TV as it was happening. It was truly remarkable. But to do the same ourselves? Unthinkable. Until now.
Because our world and its inventions are changing so rapidly, it is essential that today’s education systems keep up. After all, many of the jobs available today will be obsolete by the time today’s children reach the workforce. Indeed, many students entering university will find their careers obsolete by the time they finish their degrees! I came across a wonderful quote recently – ‘Never again will the world be as slow as it is today.’ I don’t know about you, but I find the pace of life extraordinary now and I struggle to keep up with myself never mind anyone or anything else! And this is slow? I think we need to hold onto our hats as we are in for the ride of our lives!
So where does this leave our children? In schools everywhere, children learn about transport. Sure, in some countries the mode of transport may well be a horse and cart (or ox or donkey – or a milk crate!) but in the first world, airline travel is increasing at an astonishing rate. At any one time there are a million aircraft somewhere flying in the sky. And that figure is set to double in the next few decades. If this is a major means of transport then children need to learn about it and, of course, about inter-galactic travel as well. If air transport makes our world smaller by bringing countries, people and cultures closer together (hopefully with the resultant tolerance, acceptance and understanding), then the obvious next step is to bring galaxies closer together. Clearly, there is a need to adapt the language and concepts to suit the age of the children, but the message is still the same. Space travel must be high on the agenda when teaching the topic of transport. This instils in children a sense of wonder, of imagination and above all, curiosity, which is the hallmark of all science and all discovery.
If you wish to have some background music playing while your inventors of tomorrow are drawing or writing, how about Gustav Holst’s The Planets? I especially recommend Jupiter – Bringer of Jollity. Some of the music of the other planets is a bit too scary for little people. There is a full album free on Youtube if you’d like to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isic2Z2e2xs
PD in Canberra
I will be in Canberra, ACT, from 29 October – 6 November. As I am often asked about doing PD out of WA the thought occurred to me that someone in the ACT may like me to conduct a PD while I’m there. Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th or Saturday 5th November would suit me best. Please contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something your school or centre would value.
Reminder – Upcoming Movement Workshops –
If you are interested in learning more on Bilateral Integration, Jenny Cluning, Developmental Movement Therapist, is running a workshop on 16 and 17 September in Melbourne. Click here for details.
If you are interested in learning more about primitive reflexes and Rhythmic Movement and their role in cognition, click here for information from Evonne Bennell, neurodevelopmental specialist and kinesiologist, who is running a course in Perth on 6 & 7 October.