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Quote of the Day

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


We all know that teachers don’t get no respect, in certain quarters anyway. Those who dis them make silly statements about their short workdays, their free summers, and so on. (I’m talking about K-12 teachers, not us university teachers.) It was refreshing to hear a stunning statement of praise for them today.

Our Dean of Education arranged a meeting for this afternoon at which some science education experts in her College and one science education non-expert (me) could talk to Lee Hartwell about some of the efforts going on at the university. Lee has been a member of the UW faculty since 1968, joined the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (“The Hutch”) in 1996, and has been its president and director since 1997. He is also a recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. He has become interested in science education and how we are preparing science teachers. Hence the meeting, at which we had a fabulous discussion for over an hour and a half. Early in the conversation, Lee provided the promised quote:

It’s more demanding to be a classroom teacher than to be a scientist.

How about that? No one disagreed.

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