I remember when growing up, my step-father was abusive towards my mother, verbally and physically. I think this had a lot to do with my being the way I was- shy, quiet, afraid to open up. In this situation I was very afraid to speak up. For as long as I can remember my mother suffered years of abuse. I felt helpless, weak, and negative towards life itself.
"The Mudge," "In Search of Quiet," June 2005
Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. ~Peter Minard
Silence is a text easy to misread. ~A.A.
Impact of Noises on Children's Mental Development
Thirty years ago, Cohen, Glass and Singer (1973) found that children who lived on the lower floors of an apartment complex, which exposed them to nearby traffic noise, had poorer reading scores than children living in the same complex but on higher floors. In their study conducted over twenty years ago, Wachs and Gruen (1982) found that noise in the home impaired a child's cognitive and language development. Noise in schools can also impede the learning process. Bronzaft and McCarthy (1975) examined the reading scores of children attending classes facing a noisy elevated train structure and compared their scores with children attending classes on the quiet side of the building. They found that by the 6th grade, children on the noisy side of the building were nearly a year behind the students on the quiet side. Children exposed to the noisy trains complained that the noise made it difficult for them to think and their teachers complained that they came home more exhausted after teaching in these noisy classrooms. Several years later, after noise-absorbing materials were installed by the Board of Education in the ceilings of the classes facing the tracks and the Transit Authority installed resilient-rubber pads on the adjacent tracks, lowering the noise levels in the classrooms significantly, the reading scores of the students on both sides of the building were examined and now both sets of children were now reading at the same level (Bronzaft, 1981). When something is done to lessen the noise in classrooms, students do better! Bronzaft (2002) provides a more extensive review of the studies that have found that noise interferes with learning.
Growing up I was very quiet, shy, timid, lonely and sad. However you wanted to put it, I was all these things. I rarely spoke up. I never said what I was feeling, whether someone hurt my feelings or I was being yelled at or someone asked my opinion. All these things when I was younger made me think negatively, somewhere deep inside I decided to close up. Even now it is hard for me to communicate (especially with my family).. I just don’t want to deal with them. I am trying to work on this and am not perfect yet but getting slowly better.
It is common knowledge to anyone administering a school that lunchrooms, gymnasia, and schoolyards are noisy and, in some cases, actions have been taken to lower the decibel levels in these facilities. However, are administrators aware of the noises to which children are exposed within their classrooms - from the hallways, nearby classes, heating and ventilation systems, adjacent highways, overhead jets, holes cut in walls for electrical wiring or sprinklers, appliances, or over crowdedness? Even if aware, have they done enough to quiet these classrooms? The aim of this article is to alert school administrators to the effects of noise on children's cognition, reading skills, and learning ability and to suggest ways they can participate in the growing worldwide effort to lessen the din - not only in the school but in children's homes and wherever else children our exposed to noises. Noises are not only hazardous to our children's mental abilities but to their overall well-being as well.
Those free hours became the model for how I wanted to live the rest of my life.The present hysteria is not a necessary or inevitable condition of life; it’s something we’ve chosen, if only by our acquiescence to it.
So many of the noises that intrude upon us stem from a lack of respect for the rights of others to quiet. By teaching our children to respect others, they will come to understand that they cannot turn up their home stereos loudly or run through a school hallway shouting or speak loudly in a classroom. Should students lower their voices, then teachers may have less need to shout or use loud whistles and bullhorns to control their students. This does not mean that students can never raise their voices at school games as they root for the home team; there are indeed times when being somewhat louder is tolerable.
I think of this essay often in my daily life. If I have one operating philosophy about life it is this: “Be cool to the pizza delivery dude; it’s good luck.” Four principles guide the pizza dude philosophy.Principle 1: Coolness to the pizza delivery dude is a practice in humility and forgiveness.
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