Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The kids and the bees

The Brains of Bees

This article on bee scouts is interesting as it discussing the genetics behind certain types of bees being wired for adventure. The more we learn about genetics, the more we learn that individual differences has a neurochemical basis behind them. So, what do we do with kids who are wired for adventure? Obviously, there are some basics they need to learn so they can be successful adventuresome people in their adult lives. But if we quell their nature in the service of teaching them what we want them to learn, we are actually doing them more harm than good. These kids need to explore. They need to use their free time exploring the world, and we need to put true limits on how much of their after school time they are going to be expected to stay put and continue their schoolwork at home.

The Homework Trap.

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