Friday, June 27, 2008

Little Scientists

Read an interesting op/ed piece in the New York Times. It reminded me of one of our reasons for unschooling. It would always astonish me to hear parents talk about the "terrible twos." I was always fascinated by a two-year-old's inquisitiveness and used to say that two-year-olds were little scientists. My favorite section in the op/ed piece is: "As every parent knows, children begin life as uninhibited, unabashed explorers of the unknown. From the time we can walk and talk, we want to know what things are and how they work — we begin life as little scientists. But most of us quickly lose our intrinsic scientific passion. And it’s a profound loss." Thank you, Brian Greene, for getting the word out!
After living through a toilet being taken apart by a two-yr-old, innumerable questions about how and why, owl pellets in the laundry, and science experiments covering the dining room table, the kitchen counters, and living room floor, I still believe unschooling is a great way of life. And thank you, daughters, (especially the now-18-yr-old college sophomore in the above picture) for letting me learn along-side you. I've enjoyed the ride!


Anonymous said...

Thats lovely mama, thank you. : )

mallory said...

Lizi really looks like a mad scientist here!!
And that was a good article.

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