Korean Children: Mankind’s Litmus Test
Me: “How many baby animals are in the picture?”
M: “Five? There’s two kittens and two puppies. That’s four.”
C: “Five – there’s a baby.”
M: “A baby isn’t an animal; it’s a person!”
C: [chorus] “People are monkeys. The baby is a monkey.”
What’s truly amazing here is that this conversation happened in my Phonics-level English class. Meaning the children in question are in (on average) the 3rd grade. Yet they already have a stronger grasp on human evolution than most Americans. Americans who are still debating the scientific merits of Darwin’s contributions 150+ years after the fact.