I discovered a lovely documentary called Lessons from a Calf, where a classroom of 3rd-5th graders care for a calf over multiple years.
There were multiple points in this film that made me gasp. I don’t want to spoil anything, but children get it. They can understand how the world works, and how it relates to their own lives. They can process difficult emotions and moral quandaries.
When did you realize that cows were made of meat? When did you realize that you were made of meat?
Most parents try to create sterile environments for their children: no death, no fear, no grief, and no responsibility.
This documentary convinced me that the rawness of life can teach incredible lessons. Taking care of other creatures seems to be a great way to raise ethical, empathetic, responsible, smart children.
Well, I’m going to be a dad in a few months.
Which means it’s time to hit the books!
Beginning research areas:
general developmental biology
general developmental psychology
parenting throughout history
Interesting book recommendations for now:
Interesting book recommendations for later: