Cal Poly Pomona

Physics Seminar

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I like Physics and I Need a Job

Stefanie Saccoman

Dept. of Teacher Education, Cal Poly Pomona

Society would probably be better off if more people exhibited a little more curiosity about the world around them. Funny, as little kids we're abundantly curious about everything. We wonder about many things, like how it is that enough energy can be gathered from the sun through a magnifying glass to set ants on fire, or why the sky is blue, or why it's not a good idea to lasso a stationary object from a moving bicycle. But then, school happens and the right answer, standardized tests and curriculum standards too numerous to mention begin to cloud the learning atmosphere. It is like a storm of “to-do lists”, grade after grade until graduation or dropping out. Those who survive the storm and thrive become the thinkers, a dangerous lot, and among them, perhaps the most dangerous are the physics teachers. We need more dangerous thinkers in the form of physics teachers who can encourage the next generation to keep asking “why”. Only the top 1% of high school students nationwide even take a physics course. Some schools don't even offer physics because they either can't find a qualified teacher or they believe that “these kids can't handle it” (especially in the lower socioeconomic school districts). The need has never been greater than now for those who can say, “I like physics and I need a job!”

Refreshments at 11:00 AM. Seminar begins at 11:10 AM.
Building 8, Room 241
For further information, please call (909) 869-4014

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