Archive for January, 2013

Letting Kids Discover Their Own Intellectual Curiosity

Lately I’ve been doing some writing for CuriosityAroused.com.  The nice thing writing about science, especially nature, is that kids really have their own natural intellectual curiosity – if you let them discover it.  The key is not pushing them to learn things they don’t want to learn, but rather, helping them find the topics that they truly find interesting.  That’s how I discovered my intellectual curiosity at a young age and why I still find science and nature so fascinating today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fun Learning

Why does learning have to be considered “boring”?  In my generation, it was TV that was considered improper learning.  My parents always insisted I read instead of watch TV, because TV rotted the brain.  Now, a whole generation reads blogs on their phones and tablets, but its this new form of media that’s “rotting the brain”, so to speak.  Or maybe its new media in combination with television?

It’s true that the internet has fueled the amount of junk that makes it into our reading material.  Even reputable news sources have no choice but to resort to running weird news and celebrity gossip stories on the front page in order to earn the pageviews that pay the bills.  But there’s still a huge difference between a random piece on, say, the world’s most polluted cities or the world’s most dangerous cities, dangerous dog breeds or snakes, some random article on ridiculous & stupid laws or weird sports, and truly mindless fodder like articles on the richest teenage celebrities, or gossip websites with whole categories devoted to snooki.

Let’s not lump all new media into the same category.  You can certainly use youtube to watch some really low level stuff, but you can also find plenty of very educational, informative, and legitimately entertaining yet intelligent pieces.  We should use new media to make learning fun, not simply dismiss it altogether.

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