Saturday, May 23, 2009

All I Really Need To Know I learned In Kindergarten

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpit at Kindergarten. These are the things I learned.

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm biscuits/cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.


Delwyn said...

Hi Alden

just about everything there...

Happy Days

Alden said...

Yes, we start to learn many of the Journeys lessons quite early, with varying results!

Anonymous said...

This one seems a little advanced for kindergarten:

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Couldn't have been grad school either, at least I don't remember learning how to play there. Actually, one could add "don;'t believe everything you hear" to the list; that's pretty important, don't you think?

Alden said...

Not too advanced at all - "Live a balanced life" - An awareness of the lessons we learn are after reflecting on what we do or have done and this may well be when we are older. I don't see a situation where 3 and 4 year olds are standing around admonishing each other to live a balanced life.
We often repeat as adults the lessons from our youth - the lesson of a good Kindergarten is that a variety of activities that challenge and grow the individual through the creative and intellectual instincts is perhaps more balanced and life enhancing than the coerced monoculture of sitting around learning unquestionly by rote some dubious religious text.
Balance in a Kindergarten is achieved by children leading the learning in making choices about the kinds of activities they will undertake.
And unlike some coercive educational environments Kindergartens achieve gender equity in allowing girls to take part as well.

Its a crying shame that you didn't learn to play at grad school - play is the creative centre out of which much inspiration has its genesis. Play also connects us with our inner life and our creativity. The great Psychologist Carl Jung spent much time in play. It was from this creative crucible of play that answers to many of his theoretical questions arose.

Many top companies, for example Apple Computers, deliberately have their top designers and inventors play together in much the same way as a Kindergarten, where creativity is encouraged within a non judgemental and accepting environment.

I guess you could add "Don't believe everything you hear" to the list and I would probably add "and see" to that - but I guess as the list says you should "think some" which I guess implies thinking for yourself.

I guess no list is absolutely comprehensive, it just points generally in the right direction.
But thankyou very, very much for your comment, I found it thought provoking indeed.