Re: Solar Eclipse CYA actions
David Weintraub (davidw@CNJ.DIGEX.NET)
Thu, 12 May 1994 01:12:25 -0400
I entirely forgot about the Solar Eclipse. About 12:30PM I was
returning to work from my house. I noticed it was kind of dark like a
thick cloud cover. I twice checked to make sure I wasn't wearing my
sunglasses. I was confused why there wasn't a cloud in the sky, but it
seemed so dark. It wasn't until I got to work and saw everyone outside
did I realize that there was an eclipse going on. We stood there for
over an hour looking at and discussing the eclipse.
I asked my son when he came home if he saw the eclipse. Not only did
they not let the kids outside, but they pulled the shades. I guess they
thought eclipses cause high power laser beams to fall out of the sky.
I don't think it's as much as "CYA" as total scientific ignorance and
Rumors: Every year, the police pass out an alert about LSD tainted
stamps with cartoon pictures on them. I've asked the police if they
have ever seen such a stamp or every had a case involving such stamps.
"No", they reply, "but we keep hearing about them, so they must be
around." No evidence needed, rumors become facts.
What a perfectly wasted opportunity! The kids could have learned about
the moon, the sun, photography (with pin hole cameras). If a teacher is
really on the ball, they could also lecture about the Theory of
Relativity, the atmosphere on the Sun, etc. Instead, they learned
nothing except the power of rumors and ignorance.
David Weintraub | Opinions expressed her are mine own.
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