Archive for January, 2010

Schooling, Parents, Media, and their harm to curiosity.

January 18, 2010 3 comments

Nearly 100% of all little kids are very curious. They want to know about everything around them. They want to know what things are, what they do, and why they’re needed.

However, it seems by third grade the curiosity is dead. So what happened in that time that closed the kid’s mind? I think there are three major contributors:

First, school. There is a certain basic set of knowledge that every kid needs to know before a certain age, however when they’re forced to learn information that is not interesting, or at the time useful to them, learning becomes more of a painfully boring chore, and closes kid’s minds – even to things that might otherwise interest them.

Second, parents. Parents are almost as bad as school at closing kid’s minds. Too often you see a kid ask a question about something, but the parent either entirely ignores them, or gives them a half-baked answer to shut them up. If parents were to spend more time explaining what things are, what they’re for, and how they work when they’re asked, it’d help kids expand their mind to accept more concepts and ideas.

Third, Media. Media and parents go hand-in-hand at destroying kid’s minds. Instead of spending time with their kids, which provide useful education opportunities, they’d rather pretend their busy and sit them in front of the TV for hours on end. Since their curiosity hasn’t been satisfied by their parents or school, they’ll look to the TV to fulfill that curiosity. Unfortunately, the TV is worse than both school and parents. Instead of learning useful information, they’ll be limited to learning nothing but what the businesses and corporations want them to learn, which is usually nothing more than simple-minded ideas about toys and clothing.

Part two coming soon, where I write more about the solutions to these problems.

Categories: Education