I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m writing this on “Black Friday’’, a sacred holiday in the USA where people make impulse purchases based on the prices seeming reasonable, when in reality, many retailers simply coverup the price tags with temporary Black Friday “specials”…at the same exact price!
Well, I just had my eyes opened thanks to a purchase made last Black Friday: a pre-teen [my son] astounded his experimental physicist father [your humble correspondent] by assembling a Chinese-made 3D printer in about 45 minutes — a task that the father had postponed, assuming it’s complexity, for a year! Not only did the child put together the printer, but he also successfully printed a rocket and a moon globe, demonstrating serious skills in both 3 and 4 dimensions. Why do we underestimate our children’s capabilities?
The research underscores this observation. A study by the University of Washington indicates that children’s technical skills and problem-solving abilities are often underappreciated. By the age of 10, many children show proficiency in using complex gadgets, and their digital literacy is usually higher than adults anticipate and may be superior to their parents’ capability.
Such instances beg the question: Are we, as parents and educators, failing to challenge our children sufficiently? It’s essential to recognize and nurture their abilities early. Simple tasks like managing a budget for their allowances, planning and cooking a basic meal, or organizing and executing a small household project can greatly enhance their problem-solving skills and confidence.
Moreover, engaging children in age-appropriate technical tasks, such as basic coding exercises or robotics kits, can further their interest in STEM fields. The key lies in not underestimating their potential and providing opportunities that challenge their intellect and creativity.
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Until next week,
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“If we continually run into a brick wall trying to answer fundamental questions in a single universe framework, and we can answer those problems in a multiverse framework, we should at least allow that to be part of our toolkit. We should allow it to be among the ideas we take seriously and pursue mathematically.”
– Brian Greene
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