Thursday, June 16, 2011

Arne in June


The blueberries are still mostly green, just blue enough to remind me of Uranus through our scope.

Raspberries and snow peas and basil and purple beans explode in our mouths, in our brains.

Light, light, and more light floods us daily--anything is possible in June, anything. There's enough energy for all of us who survived the past winter, more than enough.

"Enough" is a wonderful word foreign to many of us. If you know "enough," you know "content."

Less than a week ago, a dolphin eyed me, and I eyed it back. Not much to say, even if we could speak the same language. It's June, and there's more than enough to go around.


I am reading Science for All Americans, the AAAS book describing Project 2061. The second paragraph starts with this:

Education has no higher purpose than preparing people to lead personally fulfilling and responsible lives. For its part, science education...should help students to develop the understandings and habits of mind they need to become compassionate human beings able to think.


Are you listening, Arne? Bill? Eli?

In June, the words of the powerful sound silly--but come November, when darkness falls and fear, again, prevails, Arne will cast his spell again.

Without fear, Arne loses his grip. Without fear, we can teach again. Without fear, we can resume this great experiment.

Puny men can only rule through fear. I'm done worrying. I'm going to teach science.

How about you?

The key to all this is recognizing our own mortality.
Get that down, and Arne's just another semi-pro basketball player with connections.

Why "Johnny Appleseed"? It's June...why not?

And no, Chris Cerf did not invite me back. 


Mary Ann Reilly said...

Fireflies are out tonight. Agree that all is possible, especially in June as we edge into summer. I don't think Arne is willing to hear or see. We do have the opportunity and responsibility to educate not bound by fear, but with the belief that error, like all other things, is inevitable and human.

There's little to lose, really if we do get on with it and teach, and so much to lose if we don't do what must be done.

Beautiful post.

Kathryn J said...

I AM teaching science yet I also have fear. Not enough job security yet to completely and freely speak my mind. It's sad really - I love teaching but it feels so tenuous.

Doug Noon said...

No fear. Amen

doyle said...

Dear Mary Ann,

We got lightning bugs! June is magical....

You are no small part of my recent fearlessness. Thank you.

Dear Kathryn,

Vast chasm between "tenuous" and "tenure"--we still have the latter here in Jersey, for another year or so.

I understand your trepidation. I'm in a different boat--kids are older, I'm crankier--but at some point we need to do what others before us did. We're getting close to that point.

Dear Doug,

I bounced off your post. Keep leading the way, a lot of us are listening.