Paul Graham's essay Why Nerds are Unpopular explores many of the reasons "cool" kids mock learning. But while writing yesterday's post, I was reminded of another reason why learning is so often rejected: Pride.
Pride has absolutely discouraged me from learning from time to time. Humility, then, is a key to education. But if you're "cool," humility isn't high on your list of priorities.
The kids who snickered at my dad's question were too cool to use nerdy words. Unfortunately, the opposite can also be true: I'm sometimes too nerdy to find out what a cool word means; I don't want to show my ignorance to my uber-intelligent friends.
May we seek humility and so model a learner's heart to our children.
How blessed we are, as homeschoolers, to have the opportunity to create such an environment for our students. I'm so glad I grew up in a home where questions were encouraged.
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester
NB: I'm not totally against being super cool. Just sayin'.