Monday, October 16, 2006

The Nerd Educates Young People About van Gogh, Native Americans and the Art of Conversation, Part II

Oh, and at one point, I asked the boys for their take on Pluto being demoted to a dwarf planet. While the studious boy explained to me why the astronomical community's decision was a wise one, the 7 year old kid (the same one who'd been confused about the Native Americans) simply said: "It makes me sad."

I thought that was beautiful.

8 comments:

nwe said...

You should have just taken a metal folding chair and whacked them over the head with it. And then put them through a table. But then again, I guess that solves nothing. But it would've been fun.

P.S.--over the weekend there was this guy in the gym working out in boxer shorts. Yep, boxers. Never before had I wanted to body slam someone that bad. But I maintained discipline and tried to ignore (and not laugh hysterically).

passion said...
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passion said...

Those years(5-7) are the learning years.

On a different note, its interesting to observe how the native Indian populations have fared in Mexico and other South American countries.

Bigkahuna said...

What's your take on Pluto, Mlle. Nerd?

Maritza said...

I love that! He will go far.

terra shield said...

This is the reason why I stalk your blog... I had a good time reading your back to back posts on educating the boys...

I wonder what happened to your zombie story though...

justifiably_vertical said...

Thats a good idea...let science be dictated by 5-year-old sentiments. I personaly think the Int'l Atronomy whatever that decided that was way too political (and kinda acted like 5-year-olds), but we should not hold onto incorrect theories or classification because of sentimnetality. Pluto has always been a dwarf planet, we only just realized it.

King Talent said...

It makes me sad too. It's like the big bullies Neptune and Uranus kicked it out of the club ... now Pluto doesn't get to hang out with the cool kids.

Pluto is the nerd of the astronomical world.