I just learned that my 10th grader's chemistry teacher gave students the assignment of constructing a mole.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
No, not a mole as in a unit of chemical substance, but a mole as in the furry creature that tunnels under yards and eats earthworms.
The idea, apparently, was to find an "entry point" to learning about the mammal's eponymous homonym (i.e., the chemical mole) for the more artsy, less scientifically inclined students. What actually happened was the many students rebelled against the assignment, calling it stupid and patronizing.
The teacher compromised by making the assignment optional--for extra credit. My son said "No, thanks." Shortly before the assignment was due, however, one of his more ambitious, industrious friends went down to the lost and found, retrieved an old T-shirt, stuffed it with scrap paper, stapled it up, drew dots for eyes, and turned it in.
I'm now waiting for the art teacher to allow the more sciency students to do an optical analysis in lieu of a painting.