I just heard a funny story about a little boy in Columbus, Ohio and it goes like this:
A traveler came along one day and said to the little boy, “My boy, where’s the road to Cleveland?”
The little boy says, “I don’t know.”
“Well, where’s the road to Cincinnati?”
“I don’t know that either.”
“Well, could you tell me how to get to Toledo?”
“No”, says the little boy, “I don’t know that either.”
Then the man looks at him rather disgustedly and says “Well you are an ignorant little boy aren’t you?”
To which the boy replies, “I may be ignorant, but I’m not lost!”
One of the great things about children is their willingness to communicate and try stuff out. They are not afraid to say, “I don’t know” and yet they seem to have such a clear view of things. It’s refreshing, frankly. They seem to be born with this right from the start. In so many ways they are superior to us older folk in their ability to candidly interact with the world around them.
I’ve been watching the TED presentations that, little by little, are being put online and one of the best talks I’ve seen so far is the presentation on education by Sir Ken Robinson. It’s only 20 minutes long, so take a lunch break and “give it a go.” If learning is important to you, I think you’ll really enjoy it.