On today’s episode, Mystie, Pam, and Brandy have a rousing discussion on the subject of twaddle. What is it? What isn’t it? Is it ever acceptable? Some of us have unconventional opinions on this subject.
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- Scholé Everyday
- Topical Discussion: Twaddlicious!
- CM elbow chair quote
The question resolves itself into–What manner of book will find its way with upheaving effect into the mind of an intelligent boy or girl? We need not ask what the girl or boy likes. She very often likes the twaddle of goody-goody story books, he likes condiments, highly-spiced tales of adventure. We are all capable of liking mental food of a poor quality and a titillating nature; and possibly such food is good for us when our minds are in need of an elbow-chair; but our spiritual life is sustained on other stuff, whether we be boys or girls, men or women. By spiritual I mean that which is not corporeal; and which, for convenience’ sake, we call by various names–the life of thought, the life of feeling, the life of the soul. (School Education, p. 168)
- Webster’s 1828 Dictionary online
- Example of the kind of Usborne Book we’re talking about — please note that NOT all Usborne books are reference books
- Holman Bible Atlas
- The Great Tradition by Richard Gamble
- The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Vaughan Payne
- SIMPLE DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUAL TWADDLE.
- COMPLEX DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUAL LIVING.
- TEXTBOOK DOES NOT NECESSARILY EQUAL TWADDLE OR LIVING.
- The Riot and the Dance biology textbook that Brandy and Mystie are both using with their high schoolers this year
- The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
- Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Rylant
- Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
- ORIGINAL Curious George by HA Rey
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- Brandy’s post on The Lorax: The Lorax and the Unfettered Marketplace
- Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
- Elephant and Piggy books by Mo Willems
- Bodie Thoene
- Redwall by Brian Jacques
- EP 21: Amusing Ourselves to Leisure
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