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Recently while observing an elementary school class I was painfully stricken when the teacher, while teaching on the topic of space, declared straight from the textbook that the color of space is black. Now, like I said, I was there just to observe the class not to teach it. Nevertheless I found myself saying out loud, “No that is not true.”  I just couldn’t let that go by. It is too important. So I asked the children, “What color is space?”  About three fourths of them did say that space is indeed black and the other fourth didn’t know. So of course, then I was compelled to get on NASA’s website and show them the colors of space. And truly, I felt that if I never teach them another thing, this was good enough.

     There is a theory out there among some artists that the sky used to be white or gray all of the time. The reasoning is that the painters of the day never painted it blue. It was always white in all of the art work. I had never thought about it that much but it is true. The theory is that one day God changed the sky to blue and decided that sunrise and sunset should be spectacular events. So now we paint it that way.  Or perhaps one day He decided to let us see the sky as it had been all along, so then we started painting it as He let us see it.  

      The truth is, the sky is filled with many colors almost every day and the color changes from hour to hour or minute by minute. The sky is different every day and every night. The students seemed doubtful about my claims, so I started bringing in photos of the sun rising up over the mountains every morning. The children were so excited to see the pictures of the sunrise. They looked forward to it every day. It was as if they had never seen it and as if they could not see it except through my pictures. Of course they could see it; they just had to learn to actually look at it and think about what they were seeing.

     How many of us go through our lives with our eyes not seeing? So I ask you today, “What color is your sky?”
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      Psfowler wrote May 16, 2011
    • Thank you Annie! I appreciate that!
      Have an awesome day!
      Pam



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      Msj wrote May 16, 2011
    • Very Interesting! I LOVE it!

      I did speedread through this ... did the teacher get upset?



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      Psfowler wrote May 16, 2011
    • @ Carnelian, Thanks for you comments! And to answer your question, no, she didn’t get upset. I was fortunately with a wonderful teacher with a great personality. I think she was just doing the thing that we all do from time to time. She probably had her mind on a million other things she had to do.  She really enjoyed how interested her students became about the subject! And I enjoyed teaching them that little side trip. Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it!

      @ Eva, Yes, I agree completely with your teaching philosophy. To me, that is the joy of teaching! And to the teacher’s credit, she really is a great teacher.....I think she just zoned out for a minute. LOL And of course, when I pointed out the error she agreed with me and we had a good time teaching the students the truth of the matter. But really, what’s up with these textbooks? Yikes! Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate your thoughts.



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      Psfowler wrote May 17, 2011
    • Thanks Eddy. Yes, I think so too! I have been  grieved by some children that have never been taught to value awesome everyday things. It is sad to me. Like most adults, they are always looking for a better day, missing everything present tense. It is strange but the virtual worlds seem to be the norm and our natural world is “thinking outside the box“.  How crazy! Thanks for reading and commenting... Pam



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