— Stephen Hawking
”Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched. New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet. Don’t gut these investments in our budget. Don’t let other countries win the race for the future. Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet; to new American jobs and new American industries.”
If they aren’t allowed to explore their environment and try to connect what they learn in class to what they see every day, what is the point of making them go to school?!
After a chemistry show I put on for an area elementary school the principle stood in front of the assembly and said “Now, you all know that you are not to go home and start mixing things. It takes a lot of hard work and many hours of study to get to do science- which is something you should all work for”.
That is the wrong message, sir. I WANT THE KIDS TO GO HOME AND START MIXING THINGS IN THE KITCHEN! If mom or dad is around and the kid wants to see what will happen if they mix A and B, LET THEM. They probably won’t get into trouble doing that- it’s not like the kitchen sink has liquid Nitrogen on tap. And another thing, don’t tell kids that you have to go through years and years of crap to “do science”. They can “do science” anywhere and any time they damn well please.
As an educator and administrator, how dare you dissuade kids from thinking. I am disgusted.