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The sudden silence is ominous We look quickly at each other and rush for the next room Where once there were two little boys fighting over who got to play with the fast red car there are now two little hooligans admiring the mural theyd made on the wall with broken crayons and their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches We knew it when it comes to kids silence is not golden its trouble brewing Like most parents I know I hope for the best from my children but realistically I expect the worst This seems to be the complete opposite of the adult behavior that R Keith Miller describes in his essay The Idea of Children He chastizes adults who have sentimentalized children and fostered a variety of misconceptions about childhood These misconceptions include the notion that children are sensitive imaginative creative and somehow a wonderful little minority group that are supposed to be creative free and natural Miller objects to these beliefs because he feels that these adult misconceptions about childhood have lead to the raising of sullen spoiled undereducated adolescents Im not sure where hes hanging out but none of the parents I come into contact with have the least bit of romantical notions about their childrens inate wonderfulness We know for a fact that theyre boring bored mean followers and if left alone for a second would cannabalize their siblings No Miller has it all wrong adults dont see children as we wish they were we see them exactly as they are The problems Miller describes are because we see but some of us just dont care Any adult who has spent more than five minutes on any school playground anywhere in America will immediately recognize Millers description of playground behavior the taunts the name-calling the systematic victimization of any child who is weak or just plain different This behavior has gotten so bad that school boards have whole policies in
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