In a society that devalues ideas, perhaps it’s not surprising that the thought processes of children receive little interest. Yet, as psychologist Susan Engel argues, children are constantly constructing ideas, often collaboratively, although this impulse is frequently dampened by the wider world. And she suggests that we ignore the mental processes of children at our peril, since the creativity of adults often stems from their engagement with ideas in childhood.
Susan Engel, The Intellectual Lives of Children Harvard University Press, 2021
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