Saturday, December 12, 2009

When Knowledge?

Six-years old, and my older one knows how to spell ‘cornea’, ‘sclera’, and other parts of organs that I am not sure I have even heard of.
Not yet four, and my younger one is going to learn all about dinosaurs next month – Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and other names I heard of only after Jurassic Park was released.
They learnt that spiders are not insects, and even knew why.

I don’t deny that Knowledge is great. But sometimes I wonder if kids really need to learn all this, this early? Shouldn’t this time be spent in teaching them basic values?

2 comments:

cassandrajade said...

How do you teach values? If you have a class and say these values are important, they roll their eyes and don't listen. If they see a quality demonstrated daily they will pick it up. Unlike the names of dinosaurs or how to spell things. Those need to be taught.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

You do have a point, Cassandra. If you try teaching values, they would reject it outright- the only way you can teach values is by living it in real life.
The reason I wrote this was because I saw a whole bunch of kids 'in action' the Sunday before last, and they were so utterly selfish even with so called friends. But you are right- values can't be taught.

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