ENGAGING THE YOUNG
|I think most of us older amateur microscopists have come to believe it is almost impossible to engage the young with practicing amateur microscopy as a hobby. It is quite understandable why. When one is older, the world we just lived through has provided many of us with an attitude (certainly one I have) that the world moves through an eternal quest to sensationalize the trivial and meaningless eye-grabbing
'stuff' that young minds become mesmerised by. Were you not as guilty and as gullible when you were young? I was! I loved my comics more than I loved my school. The world of humans often seemed brutal and rough not only at the edges, but at its core. I believe I only managed some insight into where I was existing in and why it was I was very much not in the 'sway' of the expected normal trend to grip the world was simply that I had a mind to consider it. I think I probably learnt, in my early years , more
knowledge, or the first glimpses of it, from fiction rather than in the classroom so filled with many disruptive youngsters.
It was in later life I discovered nature, biology and the natural world around me: a fundamental aspect of all of life and how this planet actually gives us a home. It is even worse now for young people, pre-teens, to even begin to understand what I and most probably you too have come to understand.
How do you turn their eye? How do you sow the seed of wisdom without preaching to deaf ears and blind eyes. Senses blinded by the spectacular. The young now, just as I once was, have little understanding of the mechanics of their natural world, and how the basic processes and tiny living forms are the real life-builders: not Google, Amazon, YouTube, Netflix, and Social web sites. These huge collectors of wealth only exist on the backs of everything they regard as below them: the pollinators, the earth miners, the humble waste-clearers. Not just the human ones, but the tiny, living ones.
So, for better or for worse, I thought I would have a stab at doing something about that in my own small way. I thought I would create a series of books using contemporary methods to engage the young. How does one do that?
And I thought if I introduce you to her, you might help spread the word about her and support the idea?
"BOOKS, WEB SUPPORT, POSTERS, FREE GIFTS, ANIMATIONS, & MOVIES, KNOWLEDGE!"
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Published in the July 2020 edition of Micscape.
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