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?”