We are raising a generation of liturgists. I ask specific questions no one truly understands, I get back scientifical nonsense no one understands, and everyone pretends something was learned.
Teacher Priest: What is ATP?I bet I can teach a parrot the Krebs cycle.
Student Congregation: ATP is the main energy currency of cells.
Light is light, and stuff is stuff, and never shall the twain meet. (Well, not in the Newtonian universe, anyway.)
Photosynthesis does not turn light into food. Yet almost all my lambs believe this. I suspect they believe this because that's what they've been told. It explains, logically, how trees can get so big without creating a crater around them.
Photosynthesis, of course, bangs together the atoms of CO2 and H2O to form a bigger, far less stable organic molecule. (We pretend that it's glucose, but it's really not... we simply cannot tell even simple truths to children.)
I am an educational professional--I can train most children to "know" the photosynthesis equation:
CO2 + H2O → C6H12O6 + O2
I can train the same students the respiration equation:
C6H12O6 + O2 → CO2 + H2O
And yet when I combust an organic compound, they are dumbstruck that water--the kind that comes out of faucets--"comes out" of the reaction, not internalizing that H2O is indeed the same thing as, well, water.
I don't want to be an educational professional. I want to be a teacher.
So tomorrow I light up the propane torch once again, and show them water from "fire." We'll discuss fire and energy and stuff.
I'll shine a bright light through my homemade chloroplast solution--just let some spinach leaves sit in alcohol for an hour or two--and let the children see the transparent green solution fluoresce an opaque deep red, as though transformed into blood, and we'll talk about excited electrons bouncing up, then back down. What is light? What is energy?
And they'll leave the class confused, because they'll think what they saw is magic.
It's not magic; I will not allow magic in my classroom. Magical thinking destroys our connections to the earth. We owe it to children to tell the truth.
I don't want to be an educational professional. I just want to teach.
The skeleton photo was right before my first back to school night ever!