Kathy Hirsh-Pasek - Mentions and Appearances
[I believe] in the resiliency of the human spirit and that the negative aspects of pandemic isolation can be mitigated by the type of safety net parents provide for their kids.
The current environment [is] a kind of “social hurricane” with two major risks: Infants and toddlers don’t get to interact with one another and, at the same time, they pick up signals from their parents that other people might be a danger. We’re not meant to be stopped from seeing the other kids who are walking down the street.
If it's educational television and it's well designed TV, it's not so bad for kids. And in fact, can very much help under-resourced children. If, however, it's watching the nightly news or some of the violent programs that we all have on our televisions today, it's pretty terrible for children.
I don’t care if you’re in Mongolia, or China, or the United States or Great Britain. ... Kids grow up the same way. They need human interaction.
The key to all of this is to create these kinds of environments in the places where people naturally go. If you offer the kinds of stimulation that often happens for free in middle-income or upper-income environments … in underserved communities, imagine what we could do.
One of the biggest concepts is breadth. Learning isn't just K-12. It starts prenatally. If you get a read on what your children are and aren't being exposed to at school, that will suggest the kinds of experiences you want your children to have outside of school.
What we do with little kids today will matter in 20 years. If you don't get it right, you will have an unlivable environment.That's the crisis I see.