A few days ago, my six-year-old grandson, who attends first grade in a public school in New York City, called to ask a question.
He said, “Ama, I am doing a data analysis. I need to ask you a question.”
I said, “You are doing a WHAT?” He repeated, “I am doing a data analysis.”
Then he asked whether I would rather be a porcupine or a hedgehog.
I thought a minute and said I would rather be a hedgehog.
He was very surprised. I knew he was doing something related to the Common Core, but I still thought he was a little young to get my mini-lecture about Isaiah Berlin’s famous essay about War and Peace.
He asked why I wanted to be a hedgehog, and I said that the hedgehog knows one big thing.
He asked me what the big thing was that I knew.
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