“The show was cute, but I was suddenly reminded of the performing animals at the Circus and wondered how long it had taken to etch the frozen smiles onto these young faces. We saw 5-year-olds playing violin, and other obvious examples of child abuse.”
I saw this quote last fall on a page about North Korea (scroll down to Suffer the Little Children). It has haunted me. Since I studied the violin from age five, it had just never even occured to me that teaching young children to play could be seen as a form of child abuse! I loved it. And my students love it. At least … I think they do… What do you think about this? Please tell me the truth.