Made by humans…a label I would be proud to display
The best blog post I read today was from Lost in Recurision, Humans did that! (and you could too). In it, Paul Salomon describes a simple but profound truth. That awesome thing you’ve been awing about—you know, the ipod, the Schrodinger equation, bBeetohven’s 9th symphony, and all the works of art in all the museums in the world—a human made it.
I can’t count how many times I’ve heard heard students or even just acquaintances say things that belie the idea that they couldn’t possibly understand physics because they aren’t a rocket scientist, or Einsten. Well, guess what—rocket scientists and Einstein are humans. The neurons in their brain are connected in much the same process as ours, and in every occasion where I’ve decided to investigate it, every staggering work of genius has been preceded by a correspondingly staggering amount of hard work.
So what if we could make this more transparent to our students? What if we could help them to see where their math textbook, physics formula, beautiful poem, or handheld calculator was made by a human, who at one point was 16 and struggled with something in school.
So that inspired me to send this tweet:
to which he responded
which led to a flurry of design (I really love graphic design, and that I get to indulge this interest through teaching), and ultimately this final desgin for a bumper sticker sized image, as well as a smaller 1″x3″ image.
So I can’t wait to start putting these up all around my classroom.