Whenever the state of things have me feeling down, remember to re-read” The Path to Freedom” chapter of TDHW to be reminded of important it is to not only be educated but also how important it is to teach others.
I’ve been reading a lot lately. School just started but during the break, I’ve managed to read half way through about three books. One of which is Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World”. Before I begin talking about this book, I feel as though I need to give some background…
|Ted Turner:||Do you think that we can get rid of these nuclear arsenals and how do you think we should go about doing it?|
|Carl Sagan:||Well, you gotta ask what they're for.|
Something has happened between first and twelfth grade, and it’s not just puberty. I’d guess that it’s partly peer pressure not to excel (except in sports); partly that the society teaches short-term gratification; partly the impression that science or mathematics won’t buy you a sports car; partly that so little is expected from students; and partly that there are few rewards or role models for intelligent discussion of science and technology-or even for learning for its own sake. Those few who remain interested are vilified and “nerds” or “geeks” or “grinds.