A child learning to talk does not learn by being (1) all the time. If corrected too much, he will stop talking. He compares a thousand times a day the difference between language as he uses it and language as those around him use it. Bit by bit, he makes the (2) changes to make his language like other people’s. In the same way, kids learning to do all the other things they learn without adult teachers, to walk, run, climb, ride a bike, play games, compare their own (3) with what more
(4)people do, and slowly make the needed changes. But in school we never give a child a chance to (5) his mistakes. We do it all for him. We act as if we thought he would never notice a mistake (6) it was pointed out to him. Soon he becomes
(7) on the expert. We should let him do
it himself. Let him (8) out, with the help of other children if he wants it, what this word says, (9)
(9) what is the answer to that problem,
whether this is a good way of saying or doing this or that.
Passage 7 ,sep 23