Sunday, August 1, 2010

"They're the Professionals"

"They're the professionals" is what my 16 year old son has said a couple of times within the last 7 - 10 days.  Both my mother and I have challenged that in the way that we want him to take into consideration everyone who studies something and accomplishes some letters behind their names is technically, "a professional" in their industry.  BUT you have to be able to see the wizard behind the screen. 

Their conversation was about the FDA and when my mom said something wasn't good for you, he said, but they are the professionals.  My mother pointed out to him that they have to recall drugs and other items, so even professionals make mistakes and sometimes you have to do the research yourself.  He was receptive, or so I thought.

Just today we were watching something and I commented that the colors selected for the bedroom were not appropriate, not conducive for good sleeping.  Again, he said, "they're the professionals".  I again, explained to him that all professionals are not created equal.  True, the room decor was attractive, but the colors were bright & vibrant and anyone who studies colors and they're affect on the brain, psyche and relaxation.  He said, "oh".

I think it is important to make sure children understand that input and opinions are just that, and that professionals can read the same materials but end up with different opinions on the same subject and details.  It happens all of the time in politics and they are all professionals.

Windy City Diva

4 comments:

  1. So true, in today's electronic fast world there is access to so much information. Just because one "professional" gives a certain opinion, it is prudent judgment to seek the opinion and advice from other "professionals" in the same and related fields. As it is said " two or more heads are smarter than one". Always check and cross reference.

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  2. Not only in politics Here's an example he may be able to relate to. Ask your son why Pluto is no longer a planet. There were 3 proposals by professionals to determine if Pluto was a planet.

    "Astronomers from the association were given the opportunity to vote on the definition of planets. One version of the definition would have actually boosted the number of planets to 12; Pluto was still a planet, and so were Eris and even Ceres, which had been thought of as the largest asteroid. A different proposal kept the total at 9, defining the planets as just the familiar ones we know without any scientific rationale, and a third would drop the number of planets down to 8, and Pluto would be out of the planet club."

    http://www.universetoday.com/13573/why-pluto-is-no-longer-a-planet/

    If that doesn't work, you can Google 'professionals disagree' and show him that doctors disagree. Professionals have opinions and do not always agree. Just because someone is a professional does not mean they are always right.

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  3. I'm a professional and I misspelled my own name!

    Not only in politics Here's an example he may be able to relate to. Ask your son why Pluto is no longer a planet. There were 3 proposals by professionals to determine if Pluto was a planet.

    "Astronomers from the association were given the opportunity to vote on the definition of planets. One version of the definition would have actually boosted the number of planets to 12; Pluto was still a planet, and so were Eris and even Ceres, which had been thought of as the largest asteroid. A different proposal kept the total at 9, defining the planets as just the familiar ones we know without any scientific rationale, and a third would drop the number of planets down to 8, and Pluto would be out of the planet club."

    http://www.universetoday.com/13573/why-pluto-is-no-longer-a-planet/

    If that doesn't work, you can Google 'professionals disagree' and show him that doctors disagree. Professionals have opinions and do not always agree. Just because someone is a professional does not mean they are always right.

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  4. I can not believe I just figured out how to see comments. I thought people just weren't finding or liking my posts. Thank you both for your comments. I will shasre them with my son for certain. It is funny I see them today since today is his 17th birthday and his belief that he knows everything increases daily. Thank you again, I am back to blogging, I hope you will have more input.

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