We went to the children’s museum yesterday afternoon.

It was soooo nice because it was 95% empty. 🙂

The new Curious George exhibit opened a few days ago, and the boys are big George fans.

It’s a neat exhibit, definately almost too young for Nic to enjoy, though. But there’s a cool ‘machine’ near the entrance where children help to load ‘packages’ into a series of conveyor belts. The packages (actually foam cubes) go around on the belts and the drop down to the floor for another ride.

As I watched the boys manipulate the machine, I talked with a museum employee about it. She said that it was very popular and that in just its first few days it had already surprised the staff. They had not anticipated that all children would be drawn to the chute where the cubes dropped down to the floor. Yet, there they were, children (including my Theo) standing below the chute and laughing hysterically when the cubes hit their heads.

Besides the chute, there was a wheel (for activating the belt that raised the cubes) and a lever (for activating a trap door). But it was the chute that they loved.

I wondered why they were surprised about this. It was one of my first thoughts when we arrived, that the boys would be standing under there soon.

Then we went to the Robots + Us exhibit. Theo loves several parts of that one, but for Nic, its all about testing robot designs with either wheels or legs. He spent about half of our visit there, constantly testing and modifying.

This is one of the main reasons I wish to homeschool all the way through high school. Institutionalized education is not equipped to allow total absorption and the learning that comes from it. Learning via curricular nuggets is not, in my opinion, good for children. I’d rather they learn in organic and connected ways.

More than anything, I don’t want them to conform to someone else’s ideas, or timetable.

Some say that the schools are important for raising good citizens.

Bah. Conformity does not necessarily result in good citizens.

Thinking for oneself, while caring about the results of your actions…that’s the ticket.