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A friend of mine pointed out to me that the optometrist is the only doctor we visit fully expecting that our condition will grow increasingly worse – or at best, show no improvement.

Similarly, I wonder why it is that while infants and toddlers are capable of amazing feats of autodidacticism, we expect this to fall off – in a fairly steady pace – once children enter school!

Three year olds can teach themselves complex relations of cause and effect, of human interaction and even of manipulation. But a senior in high school needs step-by-step guidance in filling out college applications.

Call me foolish, but I think we’re underestimating our elder youth.

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein

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