Blame it on the teacher(?): The mass discouragement of science study

The fluid flowing modern information science, and by science I am speaking as general as I can be, has become way more entertaining and interesting for many people like me. People who before this new era have never even consider the field of physics, biology, or even neurology as an ugly alien, which we hoped never to encounter with. Ever. We consider them as boring, annoying, and extremely hard that as soon as we leave high school, we run from it, dodge it as much as we can and murder it, disposing it away from our mind, body and our own world. A world that quite ironically would cease to exist if its not to the advancements in the many fields of science.

Christopher Nolan’s re-imagination of space journey has in some ways rekindle the excitements of a five year old soon-to –be physicists in our deep self who are deeply fascinated by the stars and its movement. Those who were fascinated by the roundness of the moon, the brightness of the sun and the darkness of the night sky. The whole unknown world where God were supposed to live, together with white dressed angels playing harps and eating grapes. Those who dare to question that if heaven were up there, then why are the sky black? The movie Interstellar has dramatically changed my way of looking at physics and other science field for that very reason. It is the curiosity of a young innocent mind that aren’t yet corrupted by culture, society, and religion.

It bogles me how I used (and some part of me still) hate physics so much when at the same time the very theory related to it fascinates me and inspire me. I could easily blame my junior high or high school teacher for presenting the field in a sort of frustrating way that any 15 year old who prefer watching an English soccer match or a power ranger fights will not even be slightly interested. But I don’t think our teachers are to blame.

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Like it or not, the prejudice of physics, or as a matter of fact, any science fields are hard is embodied in the very culture of our society. It is because our parents do not understand it that we cannot see the beauty behind it, and at the same time they fail to keep our interest in it. After all, how would you encourage someone to like something you don’t even understand? Even marketers need years and years of research to understand their target market and products. It is because the media chose to entertain instead of educate, forgetting that you can entertain and educate at the same time. It has become so frustratingly sad that some of the mainstream media chose to underline the “sexist” shirt that one of the Rosetta engineer wore to the interview instead of the groundbreaking mission itself. Again, we cannot solely blame the media; they are simply giving a supply for a demand by the moronic people of the earth.

The society choose to present to the five year old mind that the science world is this hard microscopy unobservable and alien world where fossils are hard to be found and the stars are so far away from the eyes. Yet, they choose to present these topics with an event of ball falling from a certain height. Over and over and over again. While making no attempt to make those field interesting (which they are, and it seems like Prof Brian Cox and Sir David Attenborough have made an amazing job at doing so), the society are feeding us with the football players, handsome actors, and beautiful singer dreams with reality TV, drama, and sports taking over the prime time slots. Not that they shouldn’t be there, but why not put more entertaining science at the slot instead?

Shows like Doctor Who or Brian Cox’s Wonders of the universe that somehow made it into the prime time in UK (or do they?) has somehow fail miserably in any other countries. Our mass discouragement of science has reached a frustrating point. It seems that the society has assumed that scientists are boring while they are infact awesome people. We assumed that while Cristiano Ronaldo breaks yet another goal scoring record, Emma Watson makes an awesome speech, and George Clooney marries a beautiful lawyer, the physicist are playing with their balls counting how long it takes for the ball to fall from a certain heights.

I think it is our very job to change this way of looking at science (not only physics) and start to encourage our future generation to pursue knowledge in it. It doesn’t have to be a career, but a level of interest in it is I think enough. Remember Einstein as a full time patent officer while he discovers many of his groundbreaking works.

The movie Interstellar has proven that a quite big portion of the society shares the same level of interest towards this field. It is only our assumption that to understand this “thing” is hard that we discourage our self from it. But the attempt to study any science field is as hard as to study any commerce field. You go through the same amount of reading and calculating, imagining and wondering, wonderment and excitements. So why do most of us prefer that?

Maybe we don’t have to get a degree in the field. But do start reading the many great writings on it, watch the awesome documentaries, and start talking about it with your friends. Get the society excited about the universe, the human mind, and the human body. Start to wonder! After all it wasn’t Einstein’s or Newton’s education history or degree that got them the acknowledgements and achievements they have, but rather their curious mind and wonderment about the universe.

P.S: I Know science includes social science as well, so apology if I use the word science in the wrong manner. When I say science here, I mean physics, chemistry, biology and so on.

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