Children’s literature builds global confidence

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Kartik Bajoria

Literature, powerful, thought-provoking, insightful writing, has enthralled, inspired, questioned, through the ages. A great piece of writing isn’t just a record of life and times for posterity, it is indeed capable of shifting and shaping opinion and society. More specifically children’s literature, contains the same power. Power to influence, instigate, inspire. However, to analyze the impact that children’s literature can have on society at large, the ways in which it can create confidence globally, we need to understand certain nuances.

Entertainment and imagination

In the modern era, with the digital age and over exposure to the visual medium, it has been felt by large sections of society that children are consuming content that is making them duller, rather than more intelligent. In this kind of a scenario, the importance of children’s literature is greater than ever. The best part about literature is that it presents the best form of entertainment to children. While stories of fantastical lands, wizards and sorcerers delight children, they also don’t spoon-feed (like a lot of visual content), forcing readers instead, to develop their own images and interpretations. This helps children become more creative, imaginative, analytical and critical. It really is the best kind of entertainment, the kind that endows readers with conscious and unconscious life skills!

A thinking generation

First and foremost, children’s literature, with its plethora of offerings raging from fiction, novels, poems, books and magazines, informs and molds an entire generation’s way of thinking, and greatly influences children’s world-view. When I was a child, for instance, and I was exposed to literature, it is what captivated me towards animals and wildlife. It sparked my lifelong interest, one that has endeared and turned me into a nature lover. It has made me sensitive, aware, and kind. That of course, is something that took place at a personal, micro level. Today, when an entire generation is exposed to literature that uses real-life issues as a backdrop or premise, topical, contextual concerns such as war, climate change, and gender-equality; these issues become part of an entire generation’s concerns, by first familiarizing children of their existence and meaning, and then compelling them to examine them, and form their own opinions. Literature therefore doesn’t just entertain, it also serves a deeper function of getting children to become thinkers.

Global confidence

With the combined virtues of imbuing students with life-skills and fueling their quest and concern for pressing issues; children’s literature has the unique ability to create an entire generation of tomorrow’s adults and leaders who will be self-aware, generally aware, sensitive, questioning, and enlightened. The world today is in dire need of free-thinking, imaginative, innovative do-gooders who can tackle a myriad of problems that plague the world, through thoughtful action rather than by force and supremacy. And a generation fueled by a diet of literature can be that change-agent, inspiring and building global confidence and instilling mankind’s faith, once again, in humanity!

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.



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