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How to stop your child’s curiosity being killed by school


How to stop your child’s curiosity being killed by school

Learning really does begin at home, and parents need to reinforce their children's thirst for knowledge


At 13 months my granddaughter discovered something remarkable. She stood between a curtain and a bed and noticed that a ray of sunshine came through the window onto the bedspread. So she closed the curtain and saw that the sunrays disappeared; then, she opened the curtain and she noticed that the sunshine came back onto the bed. Back and forth she moved — light, no light depending on what she did with the curtain.

At small and large conferences that I recently addressed I showed this short video and asked the audience: what scientific principle had Zara just discovered? Perhaps not surprising, none of these accomplished people could come up with the answer except for a Werksmans lawyer at a company breakaway. Cause and effect, of course.

Now think about it. How is it even possible that a child so young could make a discovery so significant, all by herself? There are two reasons. First, the brain of a child that age grows at an astounding speed. Second, the school system had not yet dampened her curiosity. What this baby had just made evident is the power of learning...

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