I have a gripe about some of the educational materials that children are exposed to. It relates to the colours of the rainbow. Every adult knows that rainbows have seven colours. Well, okay, since we’re being pedantic, rainbows are basically the splitting of visible light into a spectrum of colours of which seven are most prominently visible – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Yet, when you watch many of the childrens’ programs around, they teach children that there are only six colours of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Indigo and violet have been lumped together under purple.
I don’t understand what the purpose of this “simplification” is for. What’s the matter? You think a child who has learned how to walk, talk and develop a basic understanding of the world around them in as little as two to three years cannot learn the names of an additional two colours?
Considering the magnitude of information that a child absorbs in the early years of growing up, I think it is sheer arrogance for adults to think that a child cannot absorb the knowledge of another two colours into their already vast database of information about the world.