From Magical Child to Magical Teen: A Guide to Adolescent Development Paperback – 29 Apr 2003
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" Praiseworthy. . . . Going far beyond his earlier "Magical Child" to explore the dysfunctions of culture, the promise of meditation, and the paradoxes of sexuality."
" He has pointed the way to an acceptance of the adolescent discovery of spirit as the normal start of a developmental path."
" . . . visionary work from Joseph Chilton Pearce, who asserts that beginning to explore spirituality is the natural course of adolescent development."
& quot; He has pointed the way to an acceptance of the adolescent discovery of spirit as the normal start of a developmental path.& quot;
& quot; . . . visionary work from Joseph Chilton Pearce, who asserts that beginning to explore spirituality is the natural course of adolescent development.& quot;
& quot; Praiseworthy. . . . Going far beyond his earlier Magical Child to explore the dysfunctions of culture, the promise of meditation, and the paradoxes of sexuality.& quot;
." . . visionary work from Joseph Chilton Pearce, who asserts that beginning to explore spirituality is the natural course of adolescent development."
"He has pointed the way to an acceptance of the adolescent discovery of spirit as the normal start of a developmental path."
"Praiseworthy. . . . Going far beyond his earlier "Magical Child" to explore the dysfunctions of culture, the promise of meditation, and the paradoxes of sexuality."
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PARENTING / EDUCATION "Praiseworthy. . . . Going far beyond his earlier Magical Child to explore the dysfunctions of culture, the promise of meditation, and the paradoxes of sexuality." --Library Journal "He has pointed the way to an acceptance of the adolescent discovery of spirit as the normal start of a developmental path." --San Francisco Chronicle Something is supposed to happen during the adolescent years--something greater than MTV, video games, and the Internet. Joseph Chilton Pearce describes this something as the natural mandate for post-biological development--the development of the sexual and spiritual senses and expansion of our growth process outside of our bodies and into the world that surrounds us. Though first written in the mid 1980s, the message of From Magical Child to Magical Teen is even more compelling and helpful today--especially for those who live with and work with adolescents. Drawing on the stages of development outlined by Swiss biologist Jean Piaget and the brain research of neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Pearce demonstrates how nature has built into us an agenda for the intelligent and creative unfolding of our lives. The author illuminates the connection between adolescent mind and heart development as it relates to the perennial issue of nature vs. nurture, offering a powerful critique of contemporary child-rearing practices that are at the core of today's serious social and psychological problems. From Magical Child to Magical Teen is an essential guide to the unfolding of the adolescent. It enables us to understand our children and help them release their potential in order to experience the fullness of life the way nature intended. JOSEPH CHILTON PEARCE is the author of the bestselling Magical Child, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Evolution's End, and the recently published The Biology of Transcendence. For the past twenty-five years, he has taught about the changing needs of our children and the development of human society. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.See all Product Description
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in the summer of my sixth year a great expectation arose within me; something overwhelming was pending. i was up each morning at dawn, rushed to the top of dorchester hill, a treeless knoll of grass and boulders, to await the sun, my heart pounding. a kind of numinous expectancy loomed everywhere about and within me. a precise shift of brain function was afoot; my biological system was preparing to shift my awareness from the pre-logical operations of the child to the operational logic of later childhood, and an awesome new dimension of life was ready to unfold. instead, i was put in school that fall. all year i sat at that desk, stunned, wondering at such a fate, thinking over and over: something was supposed to happen, and it wasn't this.
unfortunately, the rest of the book was seriously downhill from there.
people occasionally mention to me that i only write positive book reviews. well, i suppose that's because i try to be careful about what i read; so i'm pre-selecting books i expect i'll enjoy. my pre-selection abilities failed me on this one.
robert chilton pierce is a bit of a guru to the waldorf crowd (my kids attend a waldorf school). part of me can see why: he's a spiritual person, and approaches education and development with an assumption that children and teens are spiritual also. and i can dig that; of course, i agree with that. a book about adolescent development that acknowledges, even embraces, the spirit, would be a welcomed read. but the problems with this book (from where i stand) are so far reaching, it's hardly even worth listing them all. ok, just a few:
1. i was ticked -- actually, pissed -- that the subtitle of the book is "a guide to adolescent development", but the book is anything but. i kept soldiering on in my reading, waiting for the part about teenagers. it never really came. somewhere a bit over halfway through the book he wrapped up his summary of childhood development, and i thought to myself, "finally! more than halfway through, and he's finally getting to adolescent development." i was wrong. the book turns to development (of the spirit, kinda -- see below) that could take place in adolescence, or adulthood, or anytime an individual chooses to self-actualize (my sarcasm).
2. it's wordy and convoluted and clunky and wanders all over the place.
3. the author uses overstatement and generalization liberally, and regularly present his opinions as fact. one little example of hundreds:
by 1980, sixty to seventy percent of all american children under the age of four were in day-care centers for periods up to twelve hours a day, sevene days a week.
ok, hold on there. yes, some parents overuse day care, to the detriment of their children. and, this was much more true "by 1980' than it would be "by 2007' (see next point). but to imply that 60 - 70% are in day-care for 72 hours a week is just irresponsible and misleading information presentation (and irresponsible editing, on the part of the publisher).
4. this book was originally published in 1985 under a different title. in the "publisher's preface" to this re-titled 2006 edition, the publisher states that the book was published before its time originally, and is only now truly timely. well, that may or may not be true in terms of people swallowing pierce's buddhist take on development, but it doesn't change the fact that the book sounds extremely dated, like it was, well, written in the early 80s. i regularly felt developmental findings and cultural trends of the past 25 years were being ignored.
ok, i wrote more words than i meant to.
that was a great opening paragraph, though, huh?
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