Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson Explains How to Raise Kids That Will Transform The Future 8th February 2020 – Posted in: Tips – Tags: , , , , , , ,

“I was in Central Park, and it rained a little earlier, so there are puddles in some of the walkways. I saw a woman walking with her kid, and the kid has a raincoat on, and there is a big juicy muddy puddle right there. I said to myself, please let the kid jump in the puddle! You know the kid wants to jump in the puddle. The kid is like 3 or 4, and what does the mother do? Pulls the kid around to prevent that from happening.”

“That was a bit of curiosity at that moment that was extinguished. Gone. Kids are sources of chaos and disorder. get over that fact. where does the disorder come from? It’s because they are experimenting with their environment. Everything is new to them, everything. You splash the water there’s mud. It’s fun. You get to see the cause and effect of a downward force operating on a fluid. You don’t have kids with the intent of retaining a clean house. These are non-commensurate goals.”

“People ask about raising their kids; they ask me about education. I can just tell you what has to change with our kids: curiosity. Provided it does not kill them. If it meant we had extra work, I would do that extra work.”

“The fact that you’re happy that school is over means something is not working in there. you’re not enjoying the learning process.”

“On the other side of that is, schools should as a minimum preserve that curiosity for you. When you come down the steps on the last day of school, you should be sad that school is over and not happy. Saying gee, I got to go 2 or 3 months without learning anything and the fact that you’re so glad that school is over means something is not working in there. You’re not enjoying the learning process.”

Neil degrasse tyson on raising kids that are movers and shakers

“If Einstein was here and we were talking with Einstein, we could talk with him for hours and hours and hours. You know what question will never come out of our mouths is: what college did you go? I want to go to that same college!”

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“It’s not about what college they went to; it’s about their own initiative, their own ambitions, their own curiosity and that is not taught in schools today. Sadly, schools view you as this empty vessel that they pour information in you, test it over here. You get a high grade; you’re praised. Is that who become the shakers and movers of the world? I don’t think so. I can tell you that what has to change: your task is less to instill curiosity in your kids than it is to make sure you don’t squash what already there. They’ll retain that curiosity through the turbulent middle school years into high school and what is an adult scientist but a kid who’s never lost that curiosity.”

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