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On February 10, 2014, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) called for a question and answer session on his Facebook page.
He wrote the following:
Bill Nye (the Science Guy) here, sitting by ready to take your questions (your good questions)…
A member of a private Facebook group I belong to posted her question to Bill Nye that sparked heated debate.
Here is Michelle Pippin’s question:
The homeschool community is severely lacking in real science curricula. Will you give thought to creating a science curriculum for the ever-growing number of secular homeschoolers?
Here is Mr. Nye’s response:
Use your judgment. The rest of us out here, want your kids to appreciate society and the importance of working together in school and in life. A person working alone will probably not build the future 797 airplane, for example. It takes people who can work with and around people. Carry on.
First, he didn’t answer the question. Second, he segregated our homeschoolers.
When I read the response, I was irked. Here is a guy worshipped by the homeschool community. Well, maybe worship is a strong word. But many adore him.
I like Bill Nye. He offers fun activities and engages audiences. I realize he is an entertainer and not credentialed, as a university professor would be, but really? I did not think he would stereotype homeschoolers as isolated learners unable to work in teams. I did not think he would insult our homeschoolers. Here is a man who believes in the education of children, but is misinformed or uninformed about home education.
His response was on-the-fly. After all, it was a lightning-speed Q&A session that had his fingers flying. And, he did take time to answer Michelle’s question. But, I’m saddened by his response.
Michelle didn’t tuck tail and run. She posted a reply to Bill Nye.
Wow. Did Bill Nye just insult homeschoolers? I thought you were smarter than that. A very narrow-minded view if you think homeschoolers don’t work well together. How unfortunate.
Can you blame her? She was looking for answers to a large problem in the homeschool community. There are not enough secular science materials to serve secular homeschool families. She was hoping Mr. Nye would consider her question, more thoughtfully.
I’m working on a letter to Mr. Nye. One with lots of facts and statistics that our fun-loving entertainer might appreciate. I want to enlighten Mr. Nye on homeschooling and how teamwork makes the dream work.
Let’s hear it? What do you think about Bill Nye’s response?
Coming Spring 2014: