|Peter and Wendy|
Illustration F.D. Bedford
06 July, 2012
Statement for Literature In Elementary School Setting
It is essential to present literature to children in an elementary school setting - nay, in any setting. Literature, at its most poignant, presents human nature at its rawest, most colloquial. It mirrors culture at its best, or worst, and can be a distinct portrayal of its time. It builds crucial critical thinking skills and demonstrates a fantastical outlet by teaching children to open the door to possibility and diversity by emphasizing not only what is, but what could be. It fosters dreaming. And if there is one thing kids do best it is dream. What better way to encourage dreaming than by building a foundation of possibility - then validating that possibility’s place in the world?