“I wish I could tell you about inspirational teachers in science from my elementary or junior high or high school days. But as I think back on it, there were none…There was no soaring sense of wonder, no hint of an evolutionary perspective, and nothing about mistaken ideas that everybody had once believed.
In high school laboratory courses, there was an answer we were supposed to get. We were marked off if we didn’t get it. There was no encouragement to pursue our own interests or hunches or conceptual mistakes….
College was the fulfillment of my dreams: I found teachers who not only understood science, but who were actually able to explain it.”