It’s sad to see how are classrooms are slowly moving backwards as far as learning centers are concerned. They’ve become centers where teachers press their students to avoid using their brains. Knowledge is erroneously taught by our outdated educators by memorization instead of associating concepts. Our students are like storage silos where information is stuffed into their heads until they burst.
When I was a college professor of Business Administration at a local university in Panama City, I was startled to find out how confused the students were when I asked them questions which could not be found in a textbook. They continually asked, “Professor, can you please tell me the page number where we can find the answer to your question?” We all know that in real life questions aren’t written in a textbook; what you find are situations which need practical solutions. You have to think about different options on how to solve these situations. In other words, you have to think critically.
Studying science is an excellent way to teach our children how to think. The same holds true for mathematics and art. Every time I have an opportunity, I take “The Twisters” out to see the real world and learn, instead of watching boring trash television shows. We have the responsibility to encourage our kids to get out the couch and start exploring the world. In my dictionary, the classroom should have no walls and all questions should be encouraged. There are no stupid questions, and of course no stupid answers. Learning is all about asking questions and trying to find out the proper answers. That is how Sir Isaac Newton discovered the Universal Law of Gravitation; just to point out one classical example of intellectual curiosity.
Recently my wife and I visited Explora with Abdiel, the oldest of the “Twisters”. The place was absolutely terrific, full of scientific machines that explain basic science to young children, and adults as well. Abdiel absorbed all he could like a sponge. I could see the faces of the young children totally concentrated on the instructors listening to explanations about complicated subjects such as the gravitational laws of Newton, the formation of tornadoes, life in a tropical rainforest, the formation of sound and light waves, the characteristics of dark holes in the Universe, and how to prevent cavities, just to name a few. Even though I’ve read a lot, I learned several facts which I had never heard before.
Below are several pictures of our visit to Explora, a classroom every kid should visit to satisfy their curiosity. Here we go.