Lisa had asked Maggie, grade 6, about her classes and received the above reply. Which at first struck me as a hilarious thing to say about science. It was like saying, I don’t know, math should be funnier. Social studies, sillier!
But then I realized she might be onto something. When we think of our science teachers, most of them are dry, dull, strict. This is science, this is important: this is serious business!
And in fairness, it often is, kids can get hurt, things might explode.
But then there are those rare science teachers — and scientists like Bill Nye, on television — who bring the joy of discovery into the process. Or should I say, keep the joy. The wonder.
They find the fun and the funny. Like a child with a new toy, figuring out what makes it go. Discovering the awesomeness of it all.
On Facebook I “liked” a site called, “I Love F***ing Science.” I’ve always regretted the F***ing in that title because it makes it harder for me to share with others, especially anyone who might read my books.
This post reflects a few things I’ve picked up from there, and other places.
Just trying to bring the fun, Maggie. I’m glad you like science.