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Dec. 26th, 2005

07:33 pm - Space Cadets

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Date:December 27th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
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They really did get to go off and do space training afterwards? Hmm. I suppose that makes it not so bad, then. But yeah, the whole premise of the programme made me very uncomfortable.

Yes, all of the "cadets" got paid at least 5000 quid. The three who went in the shuttle simulator got 25000, and also get sent off to Star City (in Russia) to do training and experience weightlessness in the "vomit comet" (the aircraft that flys up and does steep dives). However, none of them actually get to go into orbit.

Regarding "lies to children", I do always make sure to tell my students if they're learning a simplified model of something, that they'll have to "unlearn", or rather, build on later.

As Bob said, I think that's very good. I do something similar if I simplify computer explanations for non-IT people, e.g. saying "roughly speaking ..." or "that's not quite how it works, but it's near enough for your purposes". The actual "lies to children" quote is a phrase that appears quite often in the "Science of Discworld" books (in case you haven't read them), although you may have encountered it elsewhere.

(By the way, is it just me/my LJ stylesheet, or is the "quote" option for comments pretty much useless on its own? There's no clear way to differentiate the quoted text from the comment unless you add extra formatting.)
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