1. Curiosity vs. Certainty
As mention from Seth Godin, our traditional schooling tries to tell the world is moving in the way of certainty, isn't it?
You're certain the classes schedule for tomorrow.
You're certain the syllabus content.
Certainly, there will be a test.
And if you pass the test, you will certainly move to the next grade.
If you pass certain examinations, you will certainly get into a good university.
If you do well in university, you will certainly find a well-paid job.
If you work hard enough, you will earn more and more over the years.
The question is who is teaching the child what to do if the certain thing doesn't happen? Children need to raise in a way that allows their minds are robust and resilient enough to survive in a world which is too loud, too cruel, too uncertain and too fast to bear.
"In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson ~ Tom Bodett
"Comes home with straight A's is fine, but I'd rather have you do is come home and tell me some really dramatic failure that occurred as your were trying to solve an interesting problem" ~ quoted from Seth Godin
2. Adventure vs. Safety
A flip of the certainty is curiosity and adventure. Children are curious creatures. Overprotective parents try to build the boundaries blocking the children imagination would do them no good at all.
When Michelle raised her first child, she used to think that anything could go wrong would go wrong. She would do everything to keep her child safe, perhaps too safe.
She would keep the child away from dirt and mud
She won't allow the child played in the street
She would supervise play
She thought the child went out after school was dangerous
She swooped in quickly when her child had trouble
The outcome is that the child
When she raised her second child, she managed to do something different. She allowed the infant to have more freedom to play and learn. This younger kid was more capable of solving problems with confidence. This kid..
3. Traveling vs. Reading
Traveling is a great way to realize the meaning of adventure, inclusiveness and having a big heart. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go" (T.S Elliot).
Summer vacation had become a routine for most families. It is not about posting great travel photos on Facebook. It is about freedom, seeking adventure with our curious mind. Let's allow your kid to responsible for the vacation including to decide the schedule, destination, airline, accommodation, do the research, plan the itinerary and estimate budget. The kid would learn the failure when he or she is trying to solve interesting problems and eventually build up confidence.
Someone said that a man who is traveling thousand miles learn more than the one who is reading thousands of books. On the other hands, a man who is traveling a thousand miles without learning, he is just a postman (Jewish proverb).
Seeing, learning, discovery, exploring from the adventure is a treasure.
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