January 4, 2008
5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do
Here's a terrific video clip from Ted.com, one of the best sites in the entire world. It's a talk given by Gever Tully of The Tinkering School. Basically he says we should let our kids play with fire, own a pocketknife, get behind the wheel of a car (uh, before they can see over the dashboard), and a couple other things. His point is that kids feel empowered when they get the opportunity to explore these often forbidden experiences. They learn things they could never learn just by watching a demonstration or hearing a lecture from a well-meaning parent. Sounds a little unschoolish, doesn't it?