I have a problem in that I get a lot of questions in my head, and I’m not satisfied with the answer. The more I know, the more I realize that I don’t know anything about anything. What started as a simple question, “We celebrate the moon landing so much, but how did the astronauts get back to their crewmate orbiting the moon in the command module?” lead to reading and watching countless hours of material about our universe, and the exploration of our close neighbors. The answer I read and even watching this fascinating footage (or just view it below) of apollo 17 leaving the moon wasn’t good enough. I guess what I really desired was not an answer to my question, but the knowledge and ability to answer the question (myself). I surprised myself (and my family) when I went to the Smithsonian and I was pulling all this knowledge out that I had been storing away for the last few years. It was a thrilling and rewarding experience.
This is why after listening to our first lecture and finding out a great deal of this class is student discretionary, I was thrilled. I’ve always approached school in this way, weather my instructors liked it or not. My physical science class was really my time to learn about space. Was it practical? It seems not. You can get by in life by just knowing what you need to know, and you might even do exceptionally well and make a great living. I did not get an A in physical science, but I think I learned more than at least some of the people who did get A’s. I think thirsting for knowledge so you can have answers leads to making the world a better place and solving problems. They can’t teach it in school because it hasn’t been figured out yet.In the grand scheme of things, it’s more important to be a great learner than it is to be a great student. Traditional education would sometimes have us believe differently, but I say let’s break from tradition. Don’t ever let school get in the way of your education.