Kids who grow up in radically different environments are always going to have different comfort levels with regard to a topic. If you don’t live near a train track, it’s hard to squash a penny that way, and if you live in an apartment in New York City, it may be difficult to get to drive a car.
Other Gever Tulley quotes:
The more opportunities we have, the more likely we are to be able to handle the unexpected.
If kids never encounter even tiny risks, they never develop that thing we call common sense.
Avoiding guilt is not the same as making rational decisions.
Every child, and every person, deserves a chance to make something of themselves.
Children can only learn to take responsibility when given a chance to assess and mitigate risk for themselves.
Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work though difficult problems.
When we protect children from every possible source of danger, we also prevent them from having the kinds of experiences that develop their sense of self-reliance, their ability to assess and mitigate risk, and their sense of accomplishment.