Re: Chapter 20: House on fire
Sagan touches on getting school children interested in science by making it more interesting. If it was taught better, Sagan thinks that a child's natural curiosity will take over from that point (I don't doubt this). I agree with him and share his concern about our schools. HOW science is taught is a real problem, I think.
One thing Sagan mentions is how great museums are to visit.
Getting children to visit museums..,
- page 348
Just one anecdote I'd like to share:
Last December I took a day off from work so that I could visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles to view the Pompeii exhibit that has since moved on to another location.
I hadn't been to the LA Museum in god knows how long. After the exhibit, I ventured on to the science section to see how its changed over the years.
It's a totally great experience. There's so many hands-on sections that are really fun to examine, much different from what I recall. The museum experience back in my day was a much more passive "look but don't touch" experience.
A high school field trip was touring the facilities.
What should have been a much more engaging encounter with the science museum was totally offset by what had the attention of the school kids - their smart phones.
How ironic, I thought;
Science provides us with impressive nifty gadgets that provide a means to become totally disengaged from the environment.
So much for getting high school kids interested in natural science when you can't take their smart phones away.