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?


Anonymous 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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