Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy

From Magic School Bus:

Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.

Magic School Bus is an educational television show for children. The quote above is often repeated by the main character of the show, Ms. Frizzle.

Too many programs that supposedly teach science only teach results from science. Magic School Bus does both. It teaches specific facts, such as the names of the planets, but it also teaches that science is about taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy.

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5 thoughts on “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy

  1. I try to teach my calculus students that lesson. It’s the key to higher mathematics as well as science.

  2. I love that quote. My oldest daughter was in a gifted program when we moved away from southern California to a small town. After the first semester I asked her how science was at her school (her old school was known for its program). She said she didn’t have science at her new school. When I pointed out that she had made an A in it she replied, “We don’t do science at my new school. We just read books about it.”

  3. Your point is unclear. All is about scale. Sometimes your mind should be free of details. If you know too much you’ll never discover something extraordinary. I would prefer children to be fluent with results than be scared away of science by gory details.

    Moreover, I think the whole concept of studying science via TV is wrong. TV should attract, not teach or provide experience. Sergey Kapitsa’s show (most popular scientific show of all times in the USSR) has grown generations of scientists never teaching something.

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