We all know the story "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's meant to illustrate the vanity of human desires and the problem with excessive pride. In our daily lives we may experience a moment when we realize our boss or, heaven forbid, we are not wearing any clothes. We believe something that isn't real.
We believe the idea for a new business marketing plan is great, but it's really a waste of time. We believe that perfect couple is perfect, merely from a social media post. We know the truth. But no one wants to admit it.
Children will. Children can be uncomfortably truthful (the younger the more so).
Why does it take a child to point out how obviously nude the emperor is? And how can we nurture that independent thinking, truthfulness, and connection to reality as a child matures and becomes more socialized?
That's the subject of our conversation today. Jesse McCarthy, author of the upcoming book Montessori Education, is an expert in child development. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his Montessori teacher's diploma for 3- to 6-year-olds from the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD). Jesse has worked with thousands of children, teachers, and parents through the years, as an elementary & junior-high school teacher, as a Head of School overseeing programs for infants to 8th graders, and as an executive helping to lead a group of over a dozen Montessori schools.
Listen in as we converse with the verse in this (my favorite so far) podcast episode: The Emperor's New Clothes.