Teaching Children: The Naturalist Paul B. Sears at Home
Creators:Frazer, Catherine Sears
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science, v109, n4-5 (December, 2009), 116-118.
Paul B. Sears’ three children experienced the downside of growing up with a famous father, but they valued the enjoyment of being with him outdoors on numerous trips. He took them to prairies, peat bogs, woodlands and mountains, where he taught them to observe the landscape and the ecosystems. They learned to respect natural hazards but to meet natural challenges. Their collections sometimes were taken to Sears’ laboratory for close examination. Later in their lives, Sears often was invited to give lectures or speeches at the schools where they were students or faculty members. He always was revitalized by an audience, and even in his last year of life, he took the time to talk to a student about ecology. Sears instilled in his children a love of the natural world and a respect for the processes of nature.
Author Institution: Department of Philosophy, Grinnell College