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The Science of Jiggling

Having now shepherded two little clowns through elementary and middle school, a lot of teachers have crossed my path. It has been rare to come across one with a passion for science.

I have come across teachers who apologize for how hard maths is. They explain how they will make it easier and more fun for the kids by letting them draw pictures or play with the manipulatives. That’s great for kids who like to draw pictures but it’s not so great for kids who like maths. Nothing worse, for a kid who can’t draw, to be made to draw pictures in maths class. I’d rather be doing maths.

Especially in middle school, it seems like many teachers do all they can to delay the inevitable encounter with scary science. Collectively, my kids have written around 9 essays entitled “All About Me” as the first assignment in a science class.

To be fair, there has been a handful of teachers who clearly loved their subject and were able to convey some of their passion, but most have come across and somewhat apologetic “Sorry kids, I know you rather be reading novels, or making music or learning about the civil war but this is science class and you are going to be learning science whether you like it or not and we’ll start by writing an essay entitled ‘All About Me'”.

Imagine what science classes would be like if all science teachers were as excited by science as this guy.

Eleven more like that one if you click through to YouTube.

While I am ranting, why is that science documentaries in the UK are always narrated by scientists, while in America they have actors narrating the very same programs? Hands up who thinks Morgan Freeman is an expert on penguins? Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be a famous scientist like Sigourney Weaver!

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2 responses to The Science of Jiggling

Jeffrey Fredrick March 20, 2012

I’m finding it easier and easier to keep my daughters homeschooling. Because it turns out no matter what topic you’re interested in there’s some out there you created a cool video or app or website or whatever.

When my boys started going to PCS most of the teachers had PhDs. After a few years many of those teachers left, and one factor was the burden of getting a teaching credential when an alternative was to go teach at a community college for more money and without that hassle.

An honest question: what kind of class is more likely to lead your child to learn history? One taught by someone excited about history or someone excited to be a teacher?


Kevin March 20, 2012

Assuming at least a minimum level of competence and interest in both history and teaching, I’d rather have the teacher excited about history.

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