Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Science education, kindergarten style

Here's what my boy claims he learned in school on Monday: The baby bird drinks milk from the mama bird's nipple. We've tried clarifying the facts here, but the boy is having none of it, because the teacher said. Man, I hope the teacher just talked too fast when explaining the various and sundry ways in which mammalian and avian creatures eat, and Ben was too bored to pay attention to the details.


DoctorMama said...

Uh-oh. I remember being sent to the principal's office in first grade because I took issue with the teacher's statement that hippos live on land and rhinoceroses live in the water, and she knew, because she had been to Africa. The lesson I learned: some grownups are idiots, just keep your mouth shut and grow as fast as you can. I hope his teachers are better than mine.

thenutfantastic said...

Wow. I certainly hope Peanut's teacher doesn't do anything like that bc I know for a fact he'll correct her, too.

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

I spent most of my primary and secondary education years fighting with my teachers in this manner. It almost blew a scholarship for me, when a 12th grade english teacher tried to fail me for correcting her on a point about Shakespeare. I had long since learned that most adults were idiots-- but I couldn't stand to let teachers mislead my fellow students.

A teacher who doesn't know what "MAMMAL" means? I find that hard, but not impossible, to believe.