Monday, January 21, 2008

constricted cognition

We give a name to everything and anything. I know, what i am to say might sound silly. Well, it did sound absurd to me. At the same time, it made me think.

A particular thing is associated with it's name. Absolute chaos reigns when the names are interchanged. One does not understand what the other is trying to say.

B blurts out the names of colours at any given point of time. In fact, she corrects us to the T. 'Red' to her is the bright shade of red. Orange is the colour of a delicious orange(the fruit). A slight variation in the shade, she immediately disagrees with us.

Kids are taught various things. My opinion that asking them to picture that object for that specific name restricts the mind of the child. The broad channels of different thoughts are narrowed to a single stream. Mind you, this is an everyday phenomenon. Thousands of such processes occur in the mind of the child.

All of us, thus, are allowed imagination, only within the confines of whatever we've learnt. In turn, learning is constricted to quite an extent.

To re-initiate those broad ways of cognition is time-consuming and a tedious process. But, it is hardly done.

What is your take?

4 comments:

vaneecha said...

You have a fine sense of observation.

Have you tried giving B some paints, a pallette ? ask her to mix some and she will make her own shades.
Try to give names to some of her shades..ochre, burnt sienna..whatever. She may not remember .She will appreciate the range of hues found in Nature.

neela

mouna said...

neela,
that is a superb idea. asking to her to mix colours, giving each a name, i still guess that it narrows the capacity to think. this thought of mine stopped me from teaching her something new, twice or so.

vaneecha said...

whata i had in mind was that she would see the various hues of a colour and it would broaden her ideas about a colour...
neela

mouna said...

neela,
i understand. but perhaps, i want her to grow a liittle more(she's almost 3 now).