Idleness and daydreams are the children born of imagination. Kids these days need none of those. They need to be grounded in provable facts, like 1+1=2 (though how you get there with Common Core math is anyone’s guess). Kids shouldn’t imagine dragons or dinosaurs, themselves as knights or superheros, or dream of flying. They should remain fixed on the here and now, on the attainable.
If you ask a class of first graders what they want to be when they grow up, some will say President, others astronaut, paleontologist, or Superman; but none will know how to achieve their goal. Therein lies the problem.
If kids spent more time planning goals and less time imagining, we’d have a more productive society. And, they’d still have time for video games, TV, and movies…once their planning, homework, and chores were complete (but who’d write them?).
The world is boring, it’s time children accepted that fact and lived in reality, not a reality of their own choosing. It’s not like I can escape to some far away land and fly through the clouds with a few happy thoughts and pixie dust.
It hobbles kids and doesn’t prepare them for the adult world. We cannot coddle children if we expect them to replace us and do a better job (some might argue they can’t do a worse one). Yet, imagination persists and those who flaunt it remain.
It is a sickness that must be purged if society is to grow into a more perfect state, a utopia without want, greed, or malice. For imagination is the seed of avarice, avarice the root of ambition, and ambition the bud of malice. The sooner we stomp out idle fantasies, the better
[and less competition for me].