Wednesday, November 2, 2011

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kid Do

I love this video of Gulver Tully presenting "5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kid Do" which is a shortened version of his book "50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)".  Perhaps the most insightful of them is teaching kids that things are "knowable".   It's a powerful concept.  You're not teaching facts, but creating the idea in them that they can learn it.  So if they hit a point where they do not know something, its not an end, there's another step which is to find it out. Whether it's a machine as Gulver is talking about, or a plant, animal, computer or anything else, there's always something to find out that we don't know.

This idea also plays into the idea of self efficacy.  Wikipedia defines it as the "belief that one is capable of performing in a certain manner to attain certain goals."  More simply, it's the believe that you can impact change, make something happen.  While some people see life happening to them, while others make things happen. 


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