Mother Knew Best

Via the BBC, this article concerns research undertaken by Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guides

It included a survey of parents, which suggested many felt they simply lacked the knowledge to answer many of their children’s endless questions – such as how far away is the sun, how deep is the ocean, how do birds know which nest is theirs?

There are plenty of us who don’t know the answer to those questions.  However, I believe the most important response for a parent is not to give an answer or dismiss the the question but to help the child develop skills in finding things out.  As any decent educator knows, there are always questions which are impossible to answer immediately but have to be deferred until you can find out.

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