Pioneers of Quality Education: Marie Curie

  Marie Curie’s name has long been a household name. She and her husband jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, and in 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry alone, becoming the only woman in history to win the Nobel Prize twice. For a century, she has become almost a banner, a beacon of women’s devotion to science. But people’s understanding of Marie Curie is rather one-sided. Many people regard Marie Curie as a “workaholic” who deals with the laboratory all day long, a “superwoman” who sacrifices her family’s happiness.
  In fact, Marie Curie not only made outstanding contributions to science, she is also a very good housewife. In 1929, when U.S. President Hoover met Marie Curie, who had visited the United States for the second time, he said: “You have done your duty as a scientist and as a loving mother.”
  President Hoover’s praise was not simple diplomacy Overflowing words. Let’s take a look at Madame Curie’s family profile: she married French physicist Pierre Curie in 1895. He has two daughters, the eldest daughter Irene was born in 1897, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 alongside her husband. The world calls them the “Little Curie Couple”. The granddaughter Helena is also a famous French physicist. . The second daughter, Ive, was born in 1899. She has a wide range of hobbies and is versatile. She is a famous French writer and has a profound knowledge of music. She lived in the United States in her later years.
  The above profile shows that Marie Curie’s children are outstanding. The success of children is not unrelated to the training and education of their parents. A mother is a child’s first teacher. In the era of patriarchal preference, Marie Curie did not treat her daughter differently. Her love for children is no less than her pursuit of science. She can cook a good dish with proper nutrition and matching. Sometimes, in order to let her children eat fresh fruit, she is willing to go to a few more markets. When her beloved husband died in a car accident in 1906, all responsibility for raising the young child fell to her. Her views on quality education for children were revolutionary at the time, and are of great reference value today:
  First of all, she advocates that children should stay away from suffocating cities and live in rural areas to ensure their health. They should be kept outdoors often, and let them ride bicycles, play swings, play with rings, and climb ropes, so that they can get exercise. Both children were former students of a gymnastics school, and they often won delightful first prizes for their outstanding performances in machine gymnastics. She also makes the children participate in physical labor for at least an hour a day, and it is absolutely impossible to be lazy. Everyone should learn to use their hands flexibly, and no one in the Curie family is lazy.
  Now, there are many misunderstandings about the only child’s tutoring. Some parents are too fond of their children. When the child is eight or nine years old, parents need to wipe their buttocks with them when they go to the toilet. Couldn’t the parents who hoped to have a child become a dragon take a little inspiration from Marie Curie’s successful tutoring?
  Second, she places great emphasis on developing children’s interest in science from an early age, but not necessarily in public schools. In a letter to her sister, she said: “I sometimes feel that it is better to drown the children than to keep them in the current school.” She persuaded her friends around that she should find a way to avoid Their respective children were wasting their time at school. The method is very simple, one class every day, only one class. Who will teach? The parents of children around her are top experts in various fields, and each is in charge of a class. This experiment lasted for two years, including Marie Curie, Jean Perrin, Langevin and more than a dozen master figures who have served as the children’s enlightenment teachers. It was only disbanded due to being too busy with work, and the children had to go back to school. Marie Curie was not very interested in public schools, she was very disgusted with the rigid and uniform way of indoctrination, and she sent her two daughters to a private school.
  Thirdly, Marie Curie paid great attention to the cultivation of will and courage in children. Ellen and Eve were never allowed to be “afraid of the dark”, to hide their heads under their pillows during a heavy thunderstorm, not to be afraid of thieves or epidemics. Marie Curie herself had had these horrors before, and she wanted to train her daughters not to be afraid of them, and even the memory of her husband’s tragic death did not make her afraid to watch her daughters everywhere. As early as the age of eleven or twelve, the two daughters were able to go out alone, and soon they were able to travel alone without being accompanied. After the death of the child’s father, she did everything she could to prevent the children from having sad fantasies, preventing their senses from becoming too acute. She has a special secret, she never talks about her father to her children. This is of course also because she can’t bear to talk. When talking, she uses some incredible strategies to bypass this “island” that is easy to cause sad memories. She doesn’t think this kind of silence is a sin against her daughters. She doesn’t want to immerse them in a sad atmosphere. She always educates her children to face the difficulties they may encounter in reality with a positive and optimistic attitude.
  In addition, when dealing with the issue of honor, Marie Curie also showed a rare indifference and freedom in the world. The subtle power of such precepts and deeds cannot be underestimated either. In the eyes of outsiders, the two children are still the “princesses” of the scientific world, and it is easy to grow proud and complacent in the overwhelming reputation. But the attitude shown by Marie Curie is admirable. Once, a friend came to visit and suddenly saw her little daughter playing with a gold medal recently awarded to Marie Curie by the Royal Society. It is a very high honor, how can you play with your children at will?” She said casually: “I want to let children know from a young age that honor is a toy, it can only be played with, and must not be guarded forever. It, otherwise it will be nothing.”
  This is how Marie Curie carefully implemented her own unique educational method. The daughter lived up to her upbringing. They have learned mathematics, physics, chemistry, foreign languages, cooking, skiing, sewing, horsemanship, piano and more since they were young. She is strict but not harsh to them, loves but does not favor them, and treats children equally. When her daughter didn’t know what to do, she didn’t blame her children casually, and she seldom lectured. She just let them know that they would have to support themselves in the future, and others could not be trusted. She didn’t want them to live a luxurious life. There were many opportunities for her to acquire a large fortune for them, but she gave up all of them. She thought that being poor was inconvenient, and being too rich was superfluous and distasteful. Her daughters will have to fend for themselves, which she thinks is reasonable and natural for their upbringing. She did everything she could for her daughters to exercise them in every way, to develop their special talents without suppressing their natural and hobbies.
  But her carefully crafted educational plan had a “shortcoming”: the lack of training in etiquette. Smiles, pleasant faces, visits, receptions, polite words, and the routine gestures necessary for etiquette were all things she hated. When the children grow up, they become informal and unadorned women in life and etiquette. They know that social life has needs in this area, but they have never “made up” this lesson well. But perhaps it is this kind of “disadvantaged” educational method that enables children’s potential and talents to be brought into full play.

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