“Daddy, why would anyone want to become a scientist?” I felt like taking that book & ripping it apart.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 22, 2012
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Conventional, Knowledge-based Education crushes Curiosity.

We have two choices, when it comes to what to do with these remarkable children full of dreamlike wonder at the universe they’ve inherited: we can teach them facts and figures and knowledge, or we can teach them the vital importance of ‘why.’ ~ ed.


…reminds me of this:

For more: contemplative education.

For more: Waldorf.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to ““Daddy, why would anyone want to become a scientist?” I felt like taking that book & ripping it apart.”

  1. ann says:

    oh…i can relate to his daughter…

  2. oz_ says:

    Kaku's right – but this isn't an accident – it's how the system was designed. As one of the early proponents of public schooling, William Torrey Harris, US Commissioner of Education from 1889 to 1906, wrote:

    "Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed custom. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education, which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual."

    More on this here:

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