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Starting early.. February 3, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in ideas, life, science.
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Some parenting related Gyan from the MINT.

Of course, it isn’t easy, but taking your kids into the wilderness is an education you owe them, say outdoor professionals. Shantanu Pandit, an instructor for NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School headquartered in Wyoming in the US, maintains that in the Indian context, “it’s important to take kids outdoors to let them understand the link between them in their urban environment and the tiger out there in the jungle. We need to sensitize kids to the environment and to other people, and this is the best way of doing it.”

Pandit says it’s best to start taking kids out early in their lives so that they “see the connection between academics and reality; so that subjects like geography and history come alive and are fun and not something you learn by rote.”

I know this can be dismissed as a new age fads, but somehow I wouldn’t. For a few years now, I have developed more respect for how some things can be imbibed best early – that spending time with one’s kids is the best ‘investment’ one can make. And this book contributed the most to this change. It is certainly among the best books I have read. Highly recommended for the intellectually curious.

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