"How is your project going to make the world a better place?" This seemingly innocuous question in the science fair guidelines is all it takes to completely stymie my 4th grade daughter.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
It's hard enough to come up with a workable idea for a science fair project when you're only 9 or 10 and not particularly inspired by open-ended assignments. But when your project must not only be viable in the typical grade school science fair kinds of ways--doable at home; within your ability to explain and depict; at least somewhat original--but also help improve the world, what do you do?
Especially if you're the kind of kid who likes science not for its real world applications, but for its intrinsic interest.
Indeed, what ever happened to science for science's sake, math for math's sake, history for history's sake, learning for learning's sake? In the education world's obsession with real-world applications, real-world skills, and personal connections, it has completely forgotten about plain old curiosity.
But isn't this, in the end, a big part of what makes the world a better place?