“If baseball were taught the way we teach science (in schools), we would talk to students about famous baseball players until they were 8 or 9 and then maybe, when they were 10, they would be allowed to throw the ball occasionally. We wouldn’t allow them to play a game until they got to graduate school.” That’s just one of many gems Alsion Gopnik throws our way in “How to Teach Babies” (June 16th Toronto Star.)
Gopnik is critical of contemporary education. “They don’t teach the way children learn… fundamentally, babies are designed to learn… You want to know what it’s like to be a baby? It’s like being in love for the first time in Paris after four double espressos.”
The best kind of learning, according to Gopnik, “occurs through hands-on exploration guided by experts.”
Gopnik would be wildly enthusiastic about the Primary Years Program because so much of what she believes resonates with the IB’s focus on inquiry.