A system that values obedience over curiosity isn’t education and it definitely isn’t science.
A beautiful rant about misguided public science education and how the fear of punishment kills curiosity, especially for minorities because they tend to receive harsher punishments, and for the poor because punishments end up being harsher on them when something like bail ends up putting their families even farther in debt.
In regards to 16 year old Kiera Wilmot’s case, there is a petition going around to drop the charges against her:
The way we try to recruit girls into STEM fields is all wrong. We typically compare them to some great woman or someone that has gone before them. We are saying, “Hey, you can be like Madam Curie or Sally Ride.” It is recruiting by intimidation. We need to change that message. We need to recruit by appealing to WHY we need them in STEM. We NEED you to help make the world a better place We NEED you to help discover the cure for cancer. We NEED you because you have the ability to change the course of humanity for the better.
Action is character, our English teacher says. I think it means that if we never did anything, we wouldn’t be anybody and I never did anything before I met you.
— Nick Hornby, jenny (via airsilence)