"At Tinkering School, we believe that kids are more capable than they know, and to prove it, we give them real tools to solve real problems. By learning through doing, we strive to make mistakes and learn from them, collaborate and make friends, and try harder than usual.
With wood, with metal, with cardboard, and sometimes with paint, Tinkerers work with one another as well as our unique Staff of Collaborators to team-design and team-create amazing projects that are often bigger than ourselves."
Tulley has written about "dangerism", an interesting concept that focuses on the dangers of being afraid and of labeling typical activities and things as dangerous. He purports that dangerism has suppressed childhood. The news has been peppered, of late, with parents being reported for child abuse/neglect because their children played in the street, walked to school alone and other such silliness. "Free-range parenting" has very nearly been deemed illegal.
People now sue fast food chains when they burn themselves on a cup of hot coffee. Better not drink coffee, it's dangerous! Common sense appears to have gone out the window as the landscape is filled with warning signs that insult us with their obvious "cautions".
These days, the constant stream of news brings the dangers and indeed, horrors of human behavior, right into our homes which creates intense fear. Even "entertainment" evokes fear. Think Criminal Minds and the CSI series which focus on the worse that humanity has to offer.
The rise of dangerism is complex and comes from many factors.
Has this lack of exposure to appropriate dangers given rise to the many "survival" shows? Just food for thought...
Observe "what's" going on in your family. How competent are the kids? You? Do you know what to do in an emergency? Do you have survival skills? Maybe it's time to think about "learning how to tinker"...