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The Death of "Why?" by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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5: The Three Rs and a Why

Civics: n. the study of civic affairs and the duties and rights of citizenship

I WAS NOT A VERY GOOD SCIENCE STUDENT. IN FACT, I don’t think much about science in my daily work, beyond fretting about those who don’t want to teach it in our public schools, the deep sadness that comes with knowing that access to the laboratories and equipment of teaching are dependent upon privilege, and of course, the regular unease about what unchecked globalization has done to our everwarming environment. But beyond that, not much. Thus, it was somewhat surprising that my investigation into the relationship between inquiry and democracy took me to the Exploratorium.

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