Fall woods

Fall woods

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Our Kids Are Screwed

Thing One has a science fair project due in a couple of weeks.  Since next week and weekend will be very busy, he had to get it done today.  He came up with a good hypothesis to test by himself, and designed and carried out his experiments with only minor supervision needed.  

Himself has bachelor's and master's degrees in Engineering, and I have bachelor's and doctoral degrees in Biology.  Between us, we have at least ten years of lab experience.  After Thing One collected all of his data, Himself and I spent a good ten minutes arguing good-naturedly between ourselves about the best way for him to analyze and present it.  And the worst part is that since we were conducting the discussion at an adult level (qualitative versus quantitative analysis, statistical significance and so on) the kid had absolutely no idea what we were talking about.  His head was just going back and forth like he was watching tennis!

We eventually looked at each other, started laughing, and let the kid write his Results & Discussion section on his own.

Dorks, the both of us.  But at least a matched set of dorks with a sense of humor about it!

    

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