There is a thin line between simplifying something and dumbing it down. We do both for kids and students, but I wonder if we know where the line is.
This was a sweet video of a father trying to help his young son deal with the recent and terrible attacks in Paris. In trying to explain that flowers had power over guns, he simplified very complex societal and world issues.
This is an entertaining video about rocket science without using words from rocket science. I think it makes a sneaky point that you can only dumb things down so far.
If we simplify to the point of dumbing down, we might be entertained, but we might not actually learn something useful.
It is easy to dumb down. It is not easy to simplify.