Monday, January 05, 2009

Parenting Advice From Orville Wright

While we were at the Museum of Science and Industry, we saw the model of the Wright Brothers' plane. We've seen the same set up many times in Kitty Hawk and Ryan even recognized it. Cool! Part of the exhibit included this quotation from Orville Wright, which Brendan pointed out to me and thought it was very blogworthy (also found here):

We were lucky enough to grow up in a home environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever aroused curiosity. In a different kind of environment our curiosity might have been nipped long before it could have borne fruit.

Isn't that awesome? What a tribute to his parents. Every child should be so "lucky."

1 comment:

Luke Murphy said...

I recognize that quote from "The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright" which I read most of a few months back. Good stuff. The story of the Wright brothers is amazing. Their attempts at flight failed for a while party because they were using aerodynamics data from tables created by another person trying to be the first in flight (don't remember his name, he was European though) and as it turned out, all of this data was wrong. So the Wright brothers had to run all of these experiments again to get their own, reliable data.