I was lucky enough to be forwarded a link to your talk at the TED confrerence: “5 dangerous things you should let your kids do”.
It really encourages me to discover that there are people out there tryng to break kids out of the protective wrapping so that they can experience the adventure and wonder of the world around them.
I am a Dad and although the tiny terror is only 2.5 years old I am enthused that I’m not the only one to think that when the time is right, he should learn that fire burns, knives cut and that taking things to pieces to dicsover how they work is an integral part of scientific process. Especially that he should have fun doing so. I only wish we lived in the US so that I could send him to your Tinkering School (which looks like GREAT fun by the way!).
Just caught your “5 dangerous things”. Made me laugh out loud – alot. I couldn’t agree with you more. As the 5th of of 6 kids I was pretty much left to my own devices while growing up. I climbed onto the roof of our house at 7 or 8, jumped fences at night for an uninvited dip in the neighbourhood pools, tested myself to light campfires with only one match, and could handle a hunting knife without cutting myself by 12 years old. Now a mum, I resent making my boys wear a mandatory bike helmet and I turn a blind eye when they “forget”. Their grandpa gave them their first pocket knives when they were 7 and 10 and I couldn’t justify taking them away from them, but rather taught them how to use the knives well. They have made their own swords, spears, and arrows and created beautiful choreographed battles, (with real scars!) In fact I should be collecting frequent flyer points at the emergency room for all the stitches they have acquired. And now I challenge them to light our campfires with only one match. Thanks for the giggle and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!
I saw your speech from TED’s web.I’m interested in your speech about”5 dangerous things you should let your kids do” in 2007.Would you mind that give me the speech’ transcript? I hope I could understanding this more by reading the transcript.
Could you mail me the transcript to my e-mail?
I am absolutely mermerized by the work you guys do at Tinkering. I am in tears of laughter and joy after watching that roller coaster video built by 7 years old! Makes me feel hopefull seeing people doing great things for education and giving knowledge! I live in Venezuela and we so need to know that great things are happening every where! well done!!!!! :)