Science Friday open thread: the Bridgekeeper’s Questions Three
In joining the new blogging tradition (it seems absurd to speak of “tradition” and “blogging” in the same sentence) of “Science Friday”, I wanted to draw attention to interesting science-related, or even just reality-related posts and articles that I’d found around the net that week. The problem is in choosing, not finding; I am fascinated by so many aspects of our natural world.
Today, like the bridgekeeper of The Bridge Of Death, I have three questions, and hope to start a discussion:
- What in our current education system stands in the way of teaching math and science?
- How can we stimulate kids’ interest in math and science?
- Would anyone like to share an especially good or particularly bad personal experience in math or science education?
Multiple and conflicting answers are fine; surely it’s a multifaceted topic.
I’ll go first: once we had a total eclipse of the sun in our area. Instead of planning for and exploiting the educational value of this once-in-a-lifetime event, the local school district decided to keep all the kids indoors with the blinds drawn. I took my kids out of school, and we drove to the central point of the eclipse a half-hour away. There, with correct eye protection and a pinhole solar viewer, we observed the eclipse. It was amazing, not least because of how the local environment changed – the drop in temperature, the thousands of sun-images projected on the ground through holes in the leaves of trees, animal behavior (quiet), and the eerie light which suffused everything. But the science education, if any, was performed by nature; all we had to do was be there and pay attention.
Yes, I skipped questions one and two – I hope to find inspiration for next week’s post in your answers. I’m working on an original science education post based on a photograph and one of my kids’ other science education experiences.