Monday, June 4, 2007

Want To Know Why Most Kids Hate Mythology? Goya's Painting Of Saturn Provides Somes Clues

The Los Angeles Times recommends Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series to folks hoping to interest their children in Greek mythology. The series, which takes place in the modern day USA, features a 'half-blood' son of Poseidon slowly learning of his heritage and struggling with the ensuing problems that come along with it. It also takes a unique approach in the audience it hopes to reach. Apparently, Riordan's not targeting the typical 'pointy-headed super-students,' but instead, those who have trouble reading. "Percy himself is dyslexic and has ADHD. It turns out that many half-bloods have trouble in school, the explanation being that their brains are hard-wired for ancient Greek skills." The Times then goes on to liken the series to something called 'Harry Potter,' which is apparently a good thing.

(Moms and dads having a tough time turning their young ones onto the gods and goddesses of yore can take some solace in the fact that disobedience to one's parents is a recurring theme in every culture's mythology. That's right, your rebellious little brats truly are gifts from the gods!)