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The Nature of History and the Childish Wish to Read the Names of the Dead

06.07.15 My nephew, M., who is aged six, raised an air of hysteria amongst the female denizens of my household lately. He declared one of his wishes in life: he wanted to visit a graveyard. The women in the house took this news almost hysterically. They chastised him for wanting to visit the place of … Continue reading

A Child’s Subversion of the Power/Knowledge Coupling

09.04.15 Today, I was standing by the sofa, watching my two nephews as they played videogames. Far from being a solitary activity, the video gaming of my nephews is a social event. They play at the same time, telling each other about their virtual achievements and use the time to chat and joke with each … Continue reading

Interfering with the Remote-controlled car: Analysis of a Child’s Game, aged 5

My nephews recently had a remote-controlled car purchased for them each following the Boxing Day sales. Today, they were both playing with them at the same time and they discovered, much to the dismay of one and the delight of the other, that the two different remotes could be used to operate the same car. … Continue reading

Pacman, Football and the Two Triangles: Analysis of a Child’s Picture, Aged Seven

N. drew this picture today by himself, using some ready-made stickers. The picture is structured by a division between what is underground and what is above ground, so there is an implicit comparison between the two domains. Above ground, we see a game of football with three players, one of them a goalie on a … Continue reading

The Details of a Dream in Our Yesterdays

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you are intending to read ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters Last night I had a dream of which I remember a small fragment. I had invited some homeless people into my house and they were all wearing the green uniform of some institution. I was worried that their … Continue reading

The Slipper: A child’s invented game

N., who has just turned seven, was amusing himself with an interesting little game today. Again and again, he placed a slipper in the middle of the lounge, walked up to it, and then slipped on the slipper, pretending to fall down over and over again. The interesting thing about this game, which he must … Continue reading

Recognition and Comfort: The Case of the Child’s Medal

Today, one of my nephews had an unpleasant experience at school. One of his so-called friends told him that his handwriting wasn’t very good and then the other children started copying the criticism. When he got home from school, his mother said that he had been crying and had said that he didn’t want to … Continue reading

The I/It mistake in a Child’s Reading as a Strategy of Resistance

One of my nephews, a six year old, dislikes reading. However, disregarding Rousseau’s advice that one should never pressurise a child that dislikes literature to read, one of the duties set to me by my family is to read with him once every day, since it is apparent he is not as gifted in learning … Continue reading

The Castle and the Uncompleted Flag: A Child’s Picture and Nationality

Yesterday, while he was off sick from school, my oldest nephew, aged seven, made a picture which he had already made once before. The picture was of a castle consisting of three parts – two towers and a main section. The main section had turrets and a door (the towers had no turrets). The outline … Continue reading

Simple or difficult?: Children and Motivation

I once had a discussion with a female professor about children. I had suggested that children were simple. She had taken me up on my point and questioned whether it was right or not. Although she didn’t elaborate her position, she seemed to be suggesting that children were more complicated than I had given them … Continue reading