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Et tu, Zappa?

Publication Date: 2012-02-25

This is from Science Teacher blog, Feb. 21, 2012. It is lovely in a tough-minded way, which is exactly the tone I appreciate.

by Michael Doyle

There's seems to be some confusion about my role.

I am, of course, an agent of the government, of the public, of my town. I am a science teacher, which should mean I teach science.

Arne says it means I am the linchpin of our economy.

Einstein said I have the power to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Governor Christie says it means I'm a lazy ass lapping at the public trough. His sidekick Cerf says I'm an ankle-biter.

Walt Whitman said I should be destroyed.

Cicero said I am pretty valuable to the state--even used the word "noble."

Frank Zappa advised children to avoid me lest their minds rot.

Frank Zappa might be right....

All kinds of noble and ignoble nonsense spews from the mouths of those who would judge me.

Teachers are fair game, and understandably so--we're involved in a process no one truly understands honing our varied skills on the most impressionable among us. That these impressionable folk happen to be the result of sexual unions among adults who (mostly) live in the same town I teach only adds to the fun. Add to that that they're paying me out of pocket to do this, well, I expect a little noise.

I'll make it easy for you.

  • I teach children science because I want them to see the world outside of humans--infinitely fascinating.

  • I teach science because I want my republic to survive the nonsense spewed by those who'd stomp on their children to push a career--a nation still worth salvaging.

  • I teach children because their fresh views help me see better--and as my senses fade in my twilight, I need all the help I can get.

  • I teach mostly because I love it--I'm selfish that way.

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