Madeleine L'Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time, during her Newbery award acceptance speech in 1963, made the following wise observation. "Because of the very nature of the world as it is today, our children receive in school a heavy load of scientific and analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity. There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all, or what I like to call making muffins of us, muffins all like every other muffin in the muffin tin. This is the limited universe, the drying, dissipating universe, that we can help our children avoid by providing them with 'explosive material capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly.' " This struck me as so premonitory to today's young society, a half a century later. It is during reading that a child (or an adult) considers what is read, thinks critically, imagines, explores, and even applies. Is it any wonder that oppressive governments begin by banning books and ideas? Yet in today's society, we're not experiencing a book burning; rather, we're experiencing a book spurning. Instead of reading, kids are being robotically manipulated by TV, videogames, and You Tube. No wonder kids are swallowing laundry soap and inhaling condoms. The big question is, what ideas will they swallow when they become adults? Source: L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. N.Y.: Farrar, Straus, Giroux; 1962. (2017 edition). Pages 215-216.