Have you watched it? I hope you have. I don’t have television, so I’m always a bit behind, having to wait for Hulu Plus and all. But I’ve already watched the first one twice, and can’t wait for the next episode.
Oh, wait, back up. What’s this fabulousness of which I speak? Only the mind-blowing, beautifully made, utterly accessible, and just plain fun Cosmos, of course:
I love Neil deGrasse Tyson. Love-love-love him. His brain is amazing, but his ability to help not-a-scientist me see and understand the things he talks about is beyond wonderful. It doesn’t hurt that he was in a Superman comic.
This doesn’t hurt, either:
(… and neither does this.)
But never mind all that. Cosmos is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see where we go next.
I watch shows like this and, as much as I’m all giddy and thrilled, I also get sad. Sad that I didn’t have decent science education when I was in school, sad that there’s so much I wasn’t exposed to. Not that I was likely to become an astro physicist, but you never know. I liked science. I just never felt science and I were given enough of a chance to get to know one another.
We’ve had our moments. When I was a literacy teacher, we had a great time with Lifetime is Science, a series of lessons geared at introducing concepts and helping students rethink their answers to the question, “Who does science?” The three of us teachers got to be students for all of the lessons before we brought them to our classes, and I almost derailed that “Who does science?” bit. It’s meant to be an all-class brainstorm with the teacher drawing whatever descriptions the students give … but in my family, the “who” who did science was my aunt, so when we were asked the question, I said “black women from Texas,” and that wasn’t what our trainer was looking for. I really liked the lessons, and I learned a lot, too, which is always an excellent bonus. (As great as the messy-fun Oobleck lesson was, I think my favorite had to be the one where we made triangular and square bubbles!)
Before that, of course, there were the science bits from Schoolhouse Rock. (Here’s the one on gravity.) They were great, but the songs weren’t powerful enough to stay with me the way the grammar and history ones did (Preamble to the Constitution, how a bill becomes a law, the 19th amendment anyone? Dare I say it … Conjunction Junction?)
Oh, and then there was Science Court! I loved that show! I tried to get my students to watch it, but they mostly wanted nothing to do with it. And, sadly, it didn’t stay on air for long.
Science and I have been like the couple in that Christmas song by the Waitresses: meeting over and over again but never quite getting together. Until …
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