“It is worthwhile, too, to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a pupil’s mind from effort.” –Quintilian
We live in a society where we often draw this dichotomy between “our side,” which is always right, and “their side,” which is against us and, of course, always wrong. Yet we have more in common than you might think, and that’s something we can find so long as — as Tower of Power sings — we’re
Yet that requires we approach problems with not only an open mind, but people with an open heart.
Last week, I went on Huffpo Live’s Nerds Forum, and the host said the following to me about a Pew study that came out:
And more than one in five test-takers was pretty sure that astronomy was actually astrology. [Laughter off-camera.] Somewhere, Bill Nye just got the heebie-jeebies.
Ethan, did you see what kind of questions they were asked? How dumb are we talking?
How would you have responded to this?
I don’t know that I did the best job possible, but here are my thoughts, and they’re something some of you might appreciate. (Or at least have opinions about!)