Making Science Fun

I have to thank Bob[1] for pointing me at this article:

Is Science As Important As Football?

It’s an excellent piece on how science education in schools has had all the fun taken out of it by pretty much banning any live demonstrations or experiments that could conceivably be dangerous, and contrasts this with how it’s apparently considered an acceptable risk for kids to be injured playing sports. Good stuff – I remember good stuff from school, such as showing what happens when you drop sodium into water, and seeing someone’s hair stand on end thanks to a Van de Graff generator. As Theodore Gray writes, it’s not surprising kids are growing up wanting to be accountants when science is made to be so dull.

[1] Hi Bob!