Fanny Harville' s Commonplace Book

The miscellaneous collection of a professor of eighteenth-century British literature and homeschooling mom to an eight-year-old boy. Elsewhere at: Fanny Harville's Unschool Academy

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way

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.

So you get out of their way. And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help ‘em explore.

samuel-warde.com/2013/05/neil-degrasse-tyson-want-scientifically-literate-children-get-out-of-their-way/