Never Underestimate Children

The volunteer from the natural history museum arrived to give a presentation to the children.  She thought that she would be speaking with fourth and fifth graders.  As she entered the room and saw a mixture of children in grades one through five, she turned to me and said with a measurable level of irritation.  “Those little ones aren’t going to understand much of what I say.”

“I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” I responded.

A ways into her presentation she mentioned cells.  She skirted the topic having been influenced by her preconceived idea that young children wouldn’t understand or have an interest. The hand of a first grader appeared.  She called on him.  “Excuse me,” he said politely, “but in what part of the body is this cell located?”