Thursday, October 9, 2008

What are we thinking?

One day this week while working with my students on their bookmarks for International School Library Day I had an interesting conversation. Two different 4th graders told me that they had never seen a real apple tree. We live in what is probably still considered a rural area. But never a real apple tree? On the same day a former English teacher/grandmother/library volunteer told me she had helped her 4th grandchild with research on a famous scientist who was famous for discoveries with quarks. Never an apple tree, but learning about quarks?
A science teacher popped through the library right about that time and spouted out "subatomic particles". I know knowledge is exploding exponentially......but..................
WHAT ARE WE THINKING??????? We expect our students to have some very basic knowledge and experiences that they don't have! This is something as librarians, teachers, parents, grandparents we need to remember.

1 comment:

Of Life, Education, E-bay, Travel & Books said...

I am 56 & I've never, ever seen an apple tree! Seen an orange tree, bannana tree, mango tree, grapefruit tree, key lime tree, avacado tree ,a peach tree and a pear tree (sans partridge). But never an apple tree.