Let Children Play With Knives

Thursday, September 1, 2016

This article in the Wall Street Journal asks, “Should we let toddlers play with saws and knives?” Yes, I say. And bring back the great, old (real) chemistry sets, too, and not these modern, safety-nazi replacements that give way to chemophobia. The obsession with safety has left Americans fragile, afraid, and keeping their kids in bubble wrap. This reminds me of an article in the New York Times a few years ago:

Under today’s Christmas tree, girls and boys will unwrap science toys of a very different ilk: slime-making kits and perfume labs, vials of a fluff-making polymer called Insta-Snow, “no-chem” chemistry sets (chemical free!), plus a dazzling array of modern telescopes, microscopes and D.I.Y. volcanoes. Nothing in these gifts will set the curtains on fire.

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One Response to Let Children Play With Knives

  1. Steve says:

    September 1st, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I am 69 years old and yes I had a few knives when I was a kid . I didn’t have a chemistry set until I was about 13 or so. Although, a few years prior to the chemistry set I had my own special formula. It consisted of sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter in estimated quantities. It was used for my homemade rockets and smoke bombs. Those were the days…

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