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Apr 13

Gever Tulley, the co-founder of Tinkering School, speaks about how children need to do dangerous things to learn. Despite the many hazards written on labels and laws against many things, Tulley insists that children experience things that only adults can be accepted doing. These dangerous things include playing with fire, throwing a spear, holding a knife, and even driving a car. He claims that things like these help children learn skills and build knowledge that no other way can. Essentially, Tulley claims that experience is the best way to learn.

I fully agree with Tulley’s point of view. In this sheltered world we have created for children, they never get a chance to experience things that people of another era have. Now, adults prohibit children from doing many things to avoid injury at all costs. Although prevention of serious injury is a good thing, children should still be able to experience getting scraped or bruised–it’s a part of childhood. Everyone more or less learns from their mistakes. If children get hurt because they ran where they weren’t supposed to, they would learn not to run there instead of having their parents restrict them and having them not know why they are being restricted. As children, we all scraped a knee because we ran around so much, or we got bruised because we played too rough. Now, parents try to prevent their children from playing with things, experimenting, and having them find out right and wrong through tinkering. I believe that it is okay to have your kids play with fire, because it subconsciously teaches them not to get the fire too big, or that if you fan it, it will get bigger. Many people say seeing is believing, and I agree with that. If someone told you that you shouldn’t mix Mentos and Coke, would you believe them ? Of course not. You would see for yourself. This is the mentality of children, as well as adults; and we should not hinder one’s curiosity by telling him/her that they shouldn’t do it just because it’s a bit risky.

Learning things through trial and error is actually very effective. I would assume when one learns how to drive, that they would make mistakes the first time then make a mental note not to do it again when the situation arises. A child’s mind works the same way. If something negative happens, they know not to do it again. If they press the wrong button on a key board, they now know what that certain key does instead of going through life never knowing what the “alt” button does. We do not acquire such knowledge by reading a book or watching an educational video 100% of the time. Experiencing things are better because when we see how things really happen in real life, understanding it can possibly be much easier. In Chemistry, teachers perform experiments. By watching a reaction, students figure out that mixing two things could be very reactive and blow up the place or it could just not react at all. It is hard to be sheltered if you are trying to acquire knowledge for experience is the real key to learning.

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Apr 13

wan·der·lust/ˈwändərˌləst/ Noun: A strong desire to travel

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had this undying desire to go explore the world. I just want to go everywhere and see everything that there is to be seen in this huge piece of rock we call home. I want to go travel to the strangest and most unique places, and have those grand experiences that I would just be able to keep and treasure forever. Instead, I end up sitting at home looking through Google Earth… Which is honestly not as lame as it sounds. Google Earth has all those snazzy 360 degree photographs of a whole bunch of cool places I get to stare at relentlessly for hours. It’s almost like I’m there (emphasis on the almost). But back to the point, besides good ol’ Las Vegas and the Philippines, I’ve never really traveled anywhere else outside of Californian borders, let alone the southern portion of the state. And let’s face it, no matter how many times I have ever moved throughout my whole entire lifetime (which is a lot), I have practically always stayed in the same familiar place, and have only seen parts of what this extremely tiny portion of this ginormous planet has to offer. Of course, I’m still pretty young, and I have a whole life ahead of me. After college, and getting a stable job, I want to travel. I obviously could have gone to some far away place for college, but because of reasons, I did not do so. It’s totally fine though. What’s another four years at home when you have the rest of your life to go wandering out into the world?

 

One place I’ve recently learned about, and would like to go to someday, is this really cool thing in Cancun where you go scuba diving and you get to see all these sculptures that are underwater… It’s a bit scary, but that’s just how I like it. Plus, the fact that it’s underwater with all the fishes and ocean life makes it sound 10x more fun than it already is.

Closing this blog post up, here’s some pretty cool news. My high school graduation present was being brought up by my mother during dinner today. She said I could go wherever I wanted, just as long as it was in the country. So, where do I want to go? With fifty states and 3,794,101 miles of land (according to Wikipedia), I have tons of places to choose from. Anyone want to help me pick somewhere?

 

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