Show and Tell


Our Fearless Leaders are currently slightly obsessed with our school’s impending SACS accreditation. I’m not really sure what SACS stands for, but if we fail to get it (which we won’t) then we lose federal and some state money and colleges won’t take our graduates seriously.

To ensure that we receive full marks, our FL’s have been hitting us every week (sometimes twice a week) with mandatory meetings, staff development, flyers, and catchy slogans all designed to impress upon us the seriousness of this process.

Yesterday afternoon marked a new low, however, and I would be very remiss in my duties as the Sarcastic Voice of Reason if I let it go without some form of comment. Yesterday afternoon the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department gave us a very thorough Show and Tell presentation of what it is that they do. While the show and tell only lasted an hour and 15 minutes, experiencing it first hand was similar to gazing into the gaping maw of eternity and discovering that the only thing in it was a BeeGee’s record that skipped.

The truly interesting part of the whole presentation was that no premise or explanation was offered as to why we were being treated to this program. Are all the departments going to have to do this or was the CTE department being singled out for this special punishment for some unknown reason?

If we assume that our CTE department is doing a first rate job (this appears to be the case), then it doesn’t make much sense that they would be singled out. This implies that all the departments will have to participate in Show and Tell miniseries. So naturally I started thinking about the science department’s presentation.

I believe that all things are better understood within their historical context, so I thought that I’d begin with a brief recounting of the rebellion against pure reason and the ancient greek philosophers. From there we’d move on to the codification of the scientific method by Galileo Galilei and his contemporaries. Next a brief summary of Newton, Brahe, Kepler, Darwin, Watson and Crick, Einstein, Brodie, and a few others as important to the advancement of science. Perhaps then we’d digress a bit into some of the more prominent critics of science and technology as being amoral and prone to abuse and excess. At this point I think that I’ll turn over the presentation to my colleagues and allow them each to demonstrate their 5 favorite laboratory experiments and the reason and rationale behind their inclusion in the standard course of study.

Of course I think that this presentation will be totally fascinating to the staff and informative as well. Finally they’ll gain the much needed perspective and information they need to encourage us to continue to do what we’ve been doing in the science department. The presentation shouldn’t take more than 2-3 hours, but I know that everyone will consider it time well spent.


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