I promise to be gentle. I promise to speak the truth.
Somewhere in between, you may get your feelings hurt.
You often teach science as destination, as product and as disembodied fact.
Devoid of process and personality; absent of struggle and soul.
You teach science as if it were a lifeless corpse.
You delay experience, the Master Teacher, for dry prerequisites ....
Years and years of prerequisites
Four years high school, four years college
You wrongly assume its only for the brightest and the best
Its drama and narrative are lost to meaningless memorization
You imprison its greatest joys by passionless logic
You distrust curiosity and replace it with maddening content
All content all the damn time ......
Then wonder why students don't get it!!!
Its moments of failure are discarded on the chopping floor
As if there's a straight unwavering line between idea and innovation,
Between observation and progress, between problem and solution
You know there ain't, so why pretend?
Your lectures are presentations of pretense
You have forgotten, if ever you knew,
Two simple truths:
To learn science, we got to do science
We don't need no prerequisites or permissions to do science -
We are all natural born scientists. It is our inalienable right.