November 15th, 2019
Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol
Of all the terrible ways to be woken up I think,
“mommy, my fart is on the floor,” takes the cake.
–Rhyming Mama, @sarabellab123
Math, science, literature, history, art and…climate change. Italian students are to become the first in the world for whom climate change will be a required subject. Beginning next September, students in Italy will spend about one hour a week studying the subject, Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti told Reuters last week. They will also study many of their more traditional subjects – like geography and math – from a sustainable development perspective. Looks like the Romans are learning from their groundbreaking ancestors to once again be at the forefront of cultural change.
Does the dinner table conversation at your house ever go something like this? ‘How was school today? How did your math test go? Who won the soccer game?’ Normal. But, how often in that litany of questions do you ask, ‘What did you do to help others today?’ According to Allison Sweet Grant, a writer, and her husband, Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, this kind of attention on helping our children learn to be kind has gotten a bit lost in the shuffle. Instead, an increasing focus on individual achievement and accomplishment has taken over. It shouldn’t. Plenty of research shows that teaching children to be kind—to help and care about others—is, in fact, key to future success. And, yes, we do mean of the professional and financial sort. As their article in The Atlantic says, “The real test of parenting is not what your children achieve, but who they become and how they treat others.”
Of all the things that make getting into the outdoors with children sometimes feel tricky, figuring out how to teach them to take calculated risks, has got to be among the toughest. To be clear, we’re not talking about eliminating risk. That’s not really ever feasible – in the wild or on Main street. Nor is it necessarily desirable. We’re talking about teaching children to recognize what’s dangerous and to figure out how to minimize that danger . It also means teaching them that walking away entirely is just fine when that’s the best call.