Yesterday, I was trying to listen to an introduction to my ‘History of the World since 1300’ course using headphones attached to my laptop. Of course the kids kept bugging me and I had to keep pausing and nudging the headphones away so that I could attend to them. When Edward looked at the laptop he realized right away what I was doing and said, “Are you seriously going to University on the computer, Mummy?” and walked away rolling his eyes like a pint-sized teenager. I wonder why he finds this so amusing? As a child of the future, you’d have thought he’d be more amused if I was packing a bag with books and going to a physical building but then again my son still thinks of learning as something that either takes places in a physical building, a school, or out of books. Although we go to youtube/Google a lot for information. We don’t do lessons as such on the PC, on or offline. When I asked him exactly what was so funny, he also said that he found someone talking to me on the computer and me intently watching him very strange.
I thought I would be modelling the value of learning but I also appear to be modelling the future of learning – which will probably be more and more online. Apparently, this is the first time Princeton has offered a course to both its students and 70,000 other strangers around the world. So I feel as if we’re all a part of learning at the cutting edge which is very exciting and I’m so happy to be modeling that for him to!
Our second volume of Wise Bauer’s ‘Story of the World’ arrived today and it’s great. I enjoyed reading it to Edward today. I was pleased that when I picked it up to read to him he’d already read the first few pages himself, this morning, without me noticing, but disappointed that he was less enthralled than I expected, quickly saying it was boring, despite it being about battles and blue-faced Barbarians (ah, those Celts!). But I think that’s because he’s finding it hard to get into anything resembling academics at all! But I was pleased when I saw him later, running after his friends, brandishing a rolled up poster, saying he was a barbarian and to watch out! I guess it will take time to get into some sort of rhythm, which will be very hard since we’re moving to Dubai in the next month! I tried to look at a photography book with him about Dubai in the 1960s and 70s but he said (even) that bored him, although he got the point that Dubai has changed incredibly since then, being almost unrecognizable now. I don’t know if he can conceive of how quickly this has happened (when I talk about it happening x years since I was born, he feels I’m so old, that must have been millennia ago!) That will be the advantage of finishing the timeline, I hope he’ll have a better grasp of when ‘a long time ago’ is in relation to particular events!
The second volume of ‘The Story of the World’ covers the first part of my course, so I’m going to try and speed read it in the next couple of nights to cement some of the most basic facts of the 1300-1500 period that I’m going to have to write an essay on this coming week! It shouldn’t be difficult. It’s such a wonderfully easy read, well, it is targeted at 8 year olds!
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