People interested in history are familiar with the harsh laws of Lycurgus, the Spartan king. According to one of the legislative acts, children with physical disabilities were killed. They were thrown into a deep abyss. Japanese engineer and large-scale organizer of industrial production Ibuka Masaru has created his own rules for communicating with children, regardless of their state of health. More humane and efficient.
Inventor and businessman
The biography of Masaru Ibuka was dramatic. In early childhood, he was left without a father, who died tragically. The mother tried to arrange her personal life and left the boy in the care of her husband's parents, went to another city. It is not difficult for our contemporary to imagine how the child grew up and was brought up. Today, more than half of the children grow up in single-parent families. Of course, grandfather and grandmother did everything necessary so that the grandson did not know the need and was not left unattended.
Masaru received a classical elementary education and a traditional Japanese upbringing. From an early age, the boy was attracted by a variety of machines and mechanisms that he could see around him. Observation and good memory allowed the young man to enter the University of Electrical Engineering after school. Relaxed thinking and striving for creativity brought their results. Among fellow students he was called "a brilliant inventor." This definition can be confirmed by the prize of the Paris Industrial Exhibition, which he was awarded for his thesis.
The career of a young engineer developed gradually. The first years after graduation, Ibuka worked in different companies, applying his knowledge and gaining additional experience. In the laboratory of photochemical processes, he was engaged in the imposition of images and sound on film. By this time, the cinema had ceased to be "silent" and high-quality technologies were required for dubbing the footage. Just before the outbreak of World War II, an already experienced engineer and production organizer created his own company to create night vision devices and radar systems.
Manager and psychologist
After the end of the war, in 1946, Ibuka Masaru, together with a talented partner, founded Sony, now a world-famous brand. A lot can be said about the creation of original electronic devices and technologies. In this context, it is important to note that somewhat unexpectedly for his colleagues, the famous engineer wrote the book "It's already too late after three". The main message of this book is early child development. The motive for working on this text was a noticeable lag in the development of his son from other children.
The personal life of a major manager is always hidden from prying eyes. Husband and wife should take care of their children equally. In the Masaru family, two daughters and a son were born. And it had to happen, the beloved heir suffered a serious illness. And this was reflected in his mental abilities. Parental love can overcome many barriers, but there are barriers in nature that no one can control. And then the head of the Sony Corporation began to study with his son on a regular basis.
Based on the results of these studies, the aforementioned book was written. In the global pedagogical community, Masaru's approaches have caused mixed reactions. Some completely refuted the methodology, others welcomed and applied it. And today it is not clear to everyone how the system of early child rearing functions. There are many positive results, but there are also conflicting responses.