Ultimately, says Kathy, 21st century kids won’t need to memorize “all this junk” anyway, because with search engines put “a lot of facts” at their fingertips. More important — and the key to success — is “to know how to take all those facts and combine things in new and interesting ways to create solutions. The kids who can,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, “are going to be the bosses of the future. The people who know only facts are the worker bees.”
This great generalist-endorsing quote is about a book by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff titled Einstein Never Used Flash Cards. The book looks at the deficiencies most modern – and especially high-tech or high-memorization – toys have as learning tools for children. They encourage parents and educators to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning.