I was once asked during a presentation for a parent’s group what it is that preschoolers need most to prepare them academically.
I’m sure some would have loved tips on building early readers or how to get a jump start on math skills (both important, to be sure), but what I really believe young children need goes beyond even those basic skills.
“Honestly,” I said, “if I had to pick one thing, it would be for them to simply keep their curiosity. Everything else will follow.”
“Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” – Stephen Covey
Today when I was walking my dog in the neighborhood I stopped and took a few minutes to watch the waste management truck pick up the garbage and recycling. I watched the driver of the truck pull up to the recycling bin at the curb. He did not get out of the truck to empty the contents into the receptacle in the truck. He had a robotic arm attached to the truck pick up the recycling bin and empty the contents into a dumpster connected to the truck. This process was repeated at every house. This automation fascinated me as I contemplated garbage truck crews of my youth and how different they were. When I was a boy the garbage truck had a crew of three men, a driver, and two people who rode on the back of the truck and who emptied the trash into the truck and who operated the trash compactor.
My elementary school in Des Plaines, IL where I spent K-6 grades.
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