Starting a business is really hard, yes you are driven by pure passion and yes, you are doing it because you want to, because you want to make a difference. No-one is making you do anything. But that doesn’t make it easy. Along the way, you meet lots of people who offer kind words of support, make referrals and generally keep you going. That support to keep you focussed and on track is absolutely key. It gets you through the bumps in the road.
Every so often you meet a gem, and last week I had the absolute honour of meeting Professor Mick Waters, a man described as a “children’s champion” and a “hero”. I would describe him as a true gentleman, he was running a few minutes late but came out of his conference to apologise.
We then talked, philosophised and he simply asked how he could help.
I am really happy to announce that he has endorsed the work of The Wonder Why Society and our mission to put the wonder back into learning.
I’d like to share with you what he said because it would be rude to keep it all to myself.
“Children are already in The Wonder Why Society. They wonder why leaves are green but hardly any of them are the same colour. They wonder why plants grow upwards and where flowers come from and why bees spend time around them. They wonder why frogs spawn and they wonder why tummies rumble.
As they grow older they wonder why grown-ups struggle with the easy new technology and then moan about it because young people find it easy and deduce that it must be trite. Young people wonder why grown-ups often seem to break their own rules.
Sometimes, when young people suddenly understand something, they wonder why they didn’t understand it already.
The Wonder Why Society is an open invitation to children and young people to engage with big ideas, philosophy, the seemingly insoluble problem and the puzzling conundrum. For the school, The Wonder Why Society is one of those resources that offers opportunities whilst making few demands. Somewhere on the web platform is another person with the expertise to address the questions that children ask and that leave many of us lost for a response.
Do think about getting involved; you’ll wonder why it has never been done before…”
So, if Professor Mick Waters says you should be doing it, then really you should! Remember its free to state schools until 18th July 2017.