教孩子縫紉還重要嗎?

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我10歲的時候,有機會在某個夏日去參加一個現場直播的歷史節目,我滿懷興奮地期待著。但是當時卻面臨一個問題,我長大了,過去的衣服都不再適合,沒有什么合適的穿著可以去參加這樣的活動。

我媽媽看到這種情況,拿出她的縫紉機,決定是時候讓我學習如何使用它了。

在挑選了一個圖案和材料之后,她帶我回家,教我她自己在初中時學過的縫紉的一些細節:如何固定圖案,如何疏縫,如何倒縫等等。

目前我仍保留著那件衣服。 偶爾我需要把它找出來讓另一個小女孩穿。 每當我這樣做時,收件人都會忽略一個袖子上略微彎曲的皺褶,并驚嘆道,“這是你做的嗎? 10歲?!“

毫無疑問,這種奇跡源于這樣一個事實:任何年齡段的縫紉,幾乎已經從文化中消失了。

但這種消失并不意味著沒有興趣。相反,孩子們仍然對學習縫紉很感興趣。最近在佛羅里達州某個集市上的美國縫紉協會展臺上可以看到這一點:

縫紉機排列在展臺的桌子上,使多個孩子可以試著著手縫紉,并把他們最新的作品帶回家。

薩拉索塔/海灣沿岸分會主席保萊特·布拉加說:“去年,這個展臺幫助400名兒童操作縫紉機。到目前為止,今年已經有超過270名兒童路過?!彼f,“停下來的人很好奇?!?/span>

 “他們非常著迷于拿著兩塊材料,然后縫在一起?!?布拉加說,“他們喜歡創造一些東西。他們為自己的所作所為感到驕傲?!?/span>

但是,如果像他們這樣的孩子如此迷戀縫紉自己的作品,那為什么不多做呢?布拉加解釋了她的理論:

“我認為這種脫節來自學校?!辈祭诱f,學校里不再有學習生活相關的課程及活動,她和女兒們曾在學校里學會了縫紉、平衡支票簿和做飯等?!叭缃窀改鸽p方都在工作,所以很難找到時間?!?/span>

許多人可能會說,在我們今天生活的高度現代化的社會里,縫紉之類的手工藝品確實不需要在學校里教授,尤其是因為人們可以隨時去商店買一件衣服,這僅僅需要花上少量的錢。

但是,把縫紉的經濟性放在一邊,考慮一下手工藝教學可以給今天的孩子們帶來的其他好處??p紉的精確性提高了手眼協調能力。當一個縫紉項目的材料短缺或操作失誤導致針卡住了機器時,孩子們需要思考如何解決問題。為了把這個事情做完,需要有毅力。任何一個曾經嘗試過某種體力勞動的人都知道,坐在辦公桌前解決家庭作業的問題往往比平時需要更多的腦力和批判性思維。

是時候意識到參與手工制作活動帶給孩子們的重要價值了吧?并且,在全國的學校開展這些活動,難道沒有可能重新激發創造性,啟迪思想,促進更大的學習各種活動的激情嗎?


原文如下


When I was 10 years old, the opportunity to attend a living history program one summer day left me in a tizzy of anticipation. There was only one problem. I had outgrown all of my historically accurate costumes and had nothing to wear to the event.


My mom assessed the situation, pulled out her sewing machine, and decided it was time for me to learn how to use it.


After picking out a pattern and material, she took me home and taught me the ins and outs of sewing which she herself had learned in junior high: how to pin on a pattern, how to baste, how to backstitch, and so on.


I still have that dress. Occasionally the need arises for me to pull it out for another little girl to wear. Whenever I do, the recipients kindly overlook the slightly crooked ruffle on one sleeve and marvel, “You made that? At age 10?!” 


Such marveling undoubtedly stems from the fact that sewing of any kind, done by any age, has pretty much disappeared from the culture.


But such a disappearance does not mean that there isn’t an interest. On the contrary, young children are still fascinated with learning to sew, as evidenced recently recently at the American Sewing Guild booth at a Florida County Fair:


“Sewing machines line the booth’s tables, enabling multiple children to try their hand at sewing and take home their newest creations.


Last year, the booth helped 400 children operate a sewing machine, said Sarasota/Gulf Coast chapter president Paulette Braga. So far this year, more than 270 children have stopped by. She said those who stop are inquisitive.


“’They’re pretty fascinated by the taking two pieces of material and they stick together,’ Braga said. ‘They love to create something. ... They’re very proud of what they do.’”


But if children like these are so enamored with sewing their own creations, then why don’t more do it? Braga explains her theory:


“‘I think the disconnection comes from schools. They don’t have life-learning events in schools anymore,’ Braga said noting that she and her daughters learned to sew, balance a checkbook and cook while in school. ‘With both parents working today, it’s so difficult to find time (to teach).’”


Many might say that in the heavily modernized society we live in today, crafts such as sewing really are unnecessary to teach in schools, particularly since one can go to the store and slap down a few bucks for a piece of clothing.


But putting the economics of sewing aside for a moment, consider the other benefits that handicraft instruction can offer today’s kids. The precision work of sewing enhances eye-hand coordination skills. Problem-solving often comes into play when a project is short on material or a few wrong stitches have jammed the machine. Perseverance is often needed in order to see the project through to the end. And anyone who has ever tried their hand at some type of manual labor knows that it often takes more mental energy and critical thinking than is sometimes required from sitting at a desk working on homework problems.


Is it time we recognized the value handicrafts offer to children? Furthermore, is it possible that their reinstatement in the nation’s schools would rekindle creativity, inspire thought, and provoke greater enthusiasm for learning of all kinds?




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