Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

I’m often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don’t care about your economic background. I don’t care what town you’re born in, what city, what country. If you’re a child, you are curious about your environment. You’re overturning rocks. You’re plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you’re doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.

And so then so what do adults do? They say, “Don’t pluck the petals off the flowers. I just spent money on that. Don’t play with the egg. It might break. Don’t….” Everything is a don’t. We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.

Transcript via BigThink, watch the full video to see more.

 

Posted to compliment the “Another Brick in the Wall” series by Sanchi Singh.

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One thought on “Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way.

  1. Brilliant post and video! Children are indeed born inquisitive and fearless and its the grown-ups who interfere; grill them with a list of things to NOT do making them hesitant, cautious and eventually kill their curiosity and their hunger to learn more…absolutely agree with you!

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