Suppose that no children know more than their parents.
Or, more realistically, suppose a particular child doesn’t know more than his parents. Or suppose you don’t know more than your parents.
Their greater knowledge of old TV shows is not relevant to whatever you’re arguing about today.
In any discussion, most of your knowledge isn’t relevant to the current issue. And most of their knowledge isn’t relevant to the current issue.
If you look only at the small amount of knowledge which is actually relevant, then a person with much less total knowledge could easily still win a debate.
This is well known. Plenty of kids know more than their parents about dinosaurs, or about trading food at the school cafeteria at their particular school with their particular classmates, or about what clothing the other school kids will make fun of him for wearing. Plenty of kids know more about how boring their school is, and how mean and stupid their teachers are, than their parents know.
Plenty of kids know more than their parents about how unpleasant it will be for them to be dragged away from the park/store/etc when they aren’t ready to leave yet. Or know more about how they (the kid) negatively emotionally experiences being coerced to do their homework when they don’t want to, and how much that really does matter and how important it is.
BTW did you see Taking Children Seriously? it is a parenting and education philosophy that was started by David Deutsch.
thanks for posting
i’ve actually wanted young posters but don’t really know where to find them. (actually it’s very hard to recruit people of any age).
two minor things.
could you post in plain text mode?
and the BoI group is actually not really used much. we moved to a different one called fallible ideas:
it’s a lot more active with more posts. if you post at BoI i will still read/reply myself, but FI has more stuff for you to read and more discussion.
if you have any questions, problems or complaints at BoI or FI, please let me know.
(FYI I own the BoI and FI email groups, and the BoI website. I also write over 200 pages of edits/comments for BoI while DD was writing it to help make it better, which was a ton of fun.)