This is a follow-up to my previous post on shorting our kids by taking any chance for real experimentation away from them by removing all chemistry sets worth the name from sales counters, etc.
A reader sent this, which I thought worthy of a follow-up post here:
This fellow is now a full-fledged technology person, earning his money by real hands-on electronics design, prototyping, and programming. He credits his arrival at the shores of the more-than-burger-flipper at least in part due to his exposure to science, scientific thinking, and experimentation. Nuff said.I just read the Wired article youlinked from your blog entry about chemistry sets. Ihad no idea (but I shoulda guessed) that hands-onscience has practically been removed from education.That is discouraging to hear. When Iwent to school we did some sort of hands-on labs inscience classes from 5th grade onward. We used real(gasp) glassware, from about 9th grade on each pairof students used their own (shudder) Bunsen burner,we learned how to do things like (oh how subversive!)fractional distillation, and even worked with (OMG!OMG!) some radioactive materials.To protect the guilty, I'll not comment about thechemistry and electronics that went on at my houseoutside of school hours. The cops never did figureout who caused the BOOM that upset so many concernedcitizens and did substantial damage to the concretedown in the flood control channel.