OVERHEARD: “I guess science is my favorite class — I just wish it wasn’t so serious.”

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.

3 comments

  1. Margaret Preller Osako says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK5Z709J2eo&playnext=1&list=PLE9C062E9925F2E66&feature=results_main

    Speaking of making math more fun… I SWEAR it’s possible… I love these vids.

  2. jimmy says:

    Thanks, Cuz. That was crazy & wonderful (& exhausting!). Whew.

    And, yes, fun.

  3. G&g LuVeR says:

    Very funny pics!! Made me smile!!;)

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