With two kids through a four-year college degree, I thought I had most of this ‘child-rearing’ figured out. I do not. I realize that half of what I have been telling my kids is possible wrong. Or at least outdated. The world is constantly changing and nothing is for certain forever.
Are you OK with the notion that what your kids are learning in school may contradict what you learned in school? For some reason, that notion worries me!
Then I read this book – Yikes!
Samuel Arbesman’s “The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date” is very interesting and makes you think. Most medical schools tell their students half of what they’ve been taught will be wrong within five years – the teachers just don’t know which half.
I think this also related to parenting. Some of the foundation of wanting your child to be ethical, kind and engaged will never change. But so many other things will have to change because things are changing rapidly.
Are you comfortable with scientific knowledge?
Are you comfortable with changes in scientific knowledge? How did you handle the status of Pluto changing? What about the age at which women should get mammograms? Facts change all the time. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. For some people, they just don’t like this type of change.
Arbesman, a Harvard University-affiliated practitioner of scientometrics likes to look at how we know what we know. He feels facts change in a regular, predictable manner and obeys mathematical rules. Whenever I am faced with a mathematical rule I don’t understand I ask my children. One has a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and is very helpful!
They get this so much better than I do and they can break it down into bite size pieces so I really understand the rule. Sometimes I watch the TV show, “Numbers” and then ask my children the hypothetical situation that was shown in the TV series. Sometimes TV is spot on and sometimes the storyline doesn’t hold true to real mathematical rules.
Working with parents and change
I work with global parents, and there is always a lot of change in their lives. Sometimes things so smooth and sometimes things just don’t go smooth. At times, there seems to not be any ‘rule’ to why things are done the way they are done.
When these families realize that there is nothing they can do about the changes then they decide they need to embrace it. They are ready to move on to the next change they will have to cope with.
Arbesman states, “Once we recognize facts change in a regular, predictable manner and they do obey these mathematical rules, we’ll be ready to live in the rapidly changing world around us.”
This book is on Amazon – Here.
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