In the movie adaption of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book Matilda, there’s this great scene every child can connect with.
But first, a little backstory. Matilda is a 5.5-year-old girl who’s “extraordinary in every way.”
She can calculate large numbers like 13 times 379 in her head. She’s already read all the children’s books in the library, and can cook and take care of herself.
Even though she’s incredible sweet, she’s treated extremely poorly by her parents, who don’t know her name and age, and the comically terrible principal of her school.
Adults shoot down her ideas by saying “i’m smart, you’re dumb …. I’m big and you’re small …. I’m right and you’re wrong.”
When you were a child, have you ever had this experience?
Has an adult overruled your idea by simply saying they know more, without providing any context or rational?
Thought not as harshly, how often do we do this in our lives, by saying a version of “I’m big and you’re small?”
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