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