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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Educational Gems

The old miner knew his stuff.

He rattled off some statistic about how many tons of ore per ounce of silver was required of an official mine. He proudly shared the value of the gold and silver in the pillar of earth holding up the tunnel. He talked about oxygen and dust, fires and chemicals, collapses and tumbles. In the world of mining, there is so much effort for such a relatively small mass of precious metals, stones or other useful materials.

Gold Vein

In many ways that's how all education is. Last night at a men's group meeting, several of the guys bemoaned their inability to remember everything to teacher shared.

"It's because you're old," one of the guys quipped.

I spoke up. "Maybe it's because I've got a thick head and not much gets through, but I just try to focus on the one thing that stuck."

What things have stuck or struck you recently? What have your children mentioned, or reenacted, or expressed interest in?

Me? The other day I bumped into the Feynman Point. Somehow I missed that super cool part of Pi all these years. Oh well. It's never too late to find one more gem in the mountain of information, ideas and bits of knowledge.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester


LannaM said...

Last night my 7yo and I read a poem about termites. He's been yammering on about them since, so we had to look up what termites look like, where the appear/live on our continent, what their tunnels and houses look like, what damage they do to house structures, etc. Yup, the most random things will stick sometimes, but it's all part of he adventure. :D

Luke Holzmann said...

That's fantastic, Lanna. Thanks for sharing <smile>.



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