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I was pretty excited about going to see Stephen Hawking tonight1. Last time I went, the line to get in was all the way across campus – fortunately I’d managed to score some VIP tickets and and bypass all that for the preferred seating. I’d managed to get some for this time around as well, and I figured I’d boast to some of my fellow teachers.

It didn’t surprise me that my kids had never heard of him (except for one kid who recognized him from South Park, I think.)

What I wasn’t ready for was that of all the teachers I’d talked to, the only one who’d ever heard of him was a history teacher.

What the heck kind of planet am I working on?

Forget being culturally in touch with our kids – shouldn’t we be culturally in touch with what it means to be educated?

1 I ended up not going – I’ve had a medical thing this week that’s been kicking my butt (almost literally) and I decided that sitting in an auditorium chair would aggravate it enough to make the sum experience a negative.

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Sarah | April 10, 2008 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Ouch. And yet I’m afraid I know exactly what you’re talking about.

    Hope you start feeling better soon.

  2. Mr. K | April 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Continued poll results: 2 out of 16 know who he is. This includes the afore mentioned history teacher, and one science teacher.

    The science teachers are batting 33%. The math teachers are batting 0.

    Some friends of mine about a year ago were batting around names of 20th century Nobel Prize winning scientists that should belong in ever reasonably well educated person’s pantheon of knowledge. I think the list we came up with was:

    • Einstein
    • Feynman
    • Hawking
    • Curie
    • Bohr
    • Millikan
    • Crick
    • Watson
    • Oppenheimer
    • Teller
    • Pauling
    • Salk

    Now I’m left wondering: am I completely nuts in this expectation?

  3. JackieB | April 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Millikan was the only one I had to look up. I have no idea if this makes you nuts or not. :)

  4. H/2pi | April 11, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I had to look up Salk. Why isn’t Planck on the list? Planck! Planck!

  5. dkzody | April 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Feynman, Bohr, and Crick are the only names I don’t recognize. I knew Hawking and was jealous that you would get to see him. However, I’m not jealous of your ailment. Sorry you had to miss Hawking.