Friday, December 16, 2005

Manipulating time to increase our children's wisdom

"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants." -Isaac Newton

The most powerful tool we can give our children is to teach them to read, and then give them the best books we can find.

Why is this so powerful, because we are compressing years, decades, even centuries of learning into a few hours. We let them stand on the shoulders of the giants who have already created solutions so we can create even greater solutions.

The saddest proof that our educational system is failing us is that 80% of college graduates never read another book from cover to cover for the rest of their lives!

The New York Times bestseller only sells about 5,000 books. Even the wildly popular, banned from some schools, hyper-bestseller like Harry Potter with 10 million books in the first printing of the last book, accounts for only 3% of the US population.

Finding the best books for our children is a challenge, starting with books that have withstood the test of time is a good place to start. If your child expresses an interest in a particular field you can ask around about who is the top person in that field, you can also go to the library and look in the bibliographies in the back of the books they have, most likely they reference at least a few in common. Mining the internet can produce nuggets as well.

Reading, and reading a lot, allows us to gain experience without all the missteps, wrong turns and mistakes that go along with life, because we learn from someone who has done that already and is showing us the right way. This way as we learn new things we can more quickly discern the good from the bad and get rid of the bad.

There is a saying, "A wise man learns from the experience of others."

What great books have you found?

1 Comments:

Blogger Eighty said...

"A Short History of Nearly Everything" is a pretty amazing book.

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/billbryson/bookshelf6.html

17 December, 2005 16:21  

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