Yesterday I was tutoring a 6-year-old boy, who is about to enter his primary 1 this year.
Unlike before, he sat still as I entered the room.
*"tumben banget"..gitu pikiran gue*
I sat down, opened the book..and asked him whether he still remembered how to add and substract 2 numbers.
He nodded and all of the sudden, he burst me with a lot of question.
*by a lot, i mean A LOT!!!!*

It went something like :
"Miss, how do you know that 'one' is 1?"
-blum sempet gue mikir, dia dah nanya lagi-
"And then..and then..why we have color? And how do you know what to call them?"

Kaget? Bukan cuman kaget..tapi bingung gmana harus ngejelasin itu semua ke anak umur 6 taon..
I tried to tell him that it went a long time ago..
As far as history can tell, the numbering system came from people who lived centuries ago..And for all of us now, we know that 'one' is 1 by learning.

"Yeah..but but miss..people back then were not clever, how come they know how to count?"

Me: 'How do you know that they were not clever?'
"They don't have cars...No airplane..No TV"
Me: 'Well, everything has a basic..And what we have now is the result of development..Did you know that the inventor of lamp live in a time where there was no telephone, tv, cars...'
"What??? Hhmm..i've never thought about that..but but miss..i want to know how do people back then know how to count??"
Me: 'Hhmm..that's hard to answer...How about if I search it on the Internet, then I'll tell you what I find on our next meeting?'
"Noooo...I want to know now..Oohh ooh do the computer works?"

Overall, I spent only 10 or 15 minutes tutoring him math..
The rest of it, he's ambushing me with a whole other questions.
I was stunned..He's only 6, and yet have already had so many thoughts..
Isn't it amazing? I mean..Dulu gue pernah penasaran juga sama macem2 hal, tapi pada akhirnya gue 'nyerah' dan belajar buat nerima semua basic2 yang ada di dunia ini.
Dan kemaren gue sempet mikir "Gmana jadi nya kalo dia tau bahwa bahkan sejarah pun itu hasil interpretasi manusia, dan ada kemungkinan salah interpretasi"
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