I have been thinking a lot about boredom lately, as I work on my book The Starting Gate. Recently I had a reading of an early draft of a chapter called “The Devil’s Workshop” in which I recount some of my childhood encounters with the dangers of being too bored for too long. My good friend and colleague, Pam Carter, mentioned afterwards that she had written an article about this subject with her fellow early childhood educator, Barbara Belknap, and suggested that I might find some of its points useful as I revised. Boy, did I ever. I liked the article so much that I asked Pam and Ms. Belknap if I might publish it here at Just Wrought. Happily, they said yes. I hope you find it as enjoyable and insightful as I did.
Why a little Boredom is a Good Thing
By Pamela Hobart Carter and Barbara Belknap