You know what’s bothering me about the Ahmed Mohamed case? The fact that it speaks volumes about the education system.
Growing up, we had a science teacher from hinterlands, a teacher we used to call Chhote Yadav. His english was iffy, and everything about him was awkward, but he made up for it by showing us each and everything in class, on the table. He showed us sublimation setting up the apparatus, he showed us magnetic separation even though it was obvious, right there in the beat-up classroom, on that beat up teachers’ table, because we were impressionable young kids, and he couldn’t explain himself well enough, so he used the “Show, not tell” strategy, and it still makes me wonder why he went for it that way and he burnt his hands in the process because the table caught fire.
Which makes me wonder what teaching has come to. An average teacher would know a student from the first guess – their backgrounds, their motivations, their body language, their walking patterns, their talking patterns, their everything. That’s what teachers do, no? They know it even more than parents do. Teachers don’t make much, but they make a goddamn difference.
I really like this article, about students being as good as inmates in ‘Murica.
Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.”
If I were Obama, or Zuck, or anyone famous, I’d invite the teachers for a conference, along with the student, whether they are from . Solve the problem, not the symptom.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Zuck, on Facebook of course.
et cetera, et cetera.