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Montag, 10. Februar 2014

Bill Nye Insults Homeschoolers


So, basically, Bill Nye the Science Guy posted on his facebook page that he was there to answer (good) questions. 

I posed one. 

I asked him if he would consider building a curriculum for homeschoolers. 

His response was surprisingly stacked against homeschoolers, basically asserting that homeschoolers will never be engineers because they don't work well in groups. 

From there, the conversation devolved into a war of words. 

Mr. Nye, since you claim that evidence will change your opinion, here is a list of homeschooled people. Perhaps you've heard of them? 

George Washington Carver
Albert Einstein
Michael Faraday
Ada Lovelace
Joseph Priestley
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

...just to name a few. 

Mr. Nye, your comment to me was ignorant and rather unscientific. I hope you will educate yourself soon. Some colleagues of mine plan to help you do just that. Good day, Science Guy. 


  1. Albert Einstein and Joseph Priestley both attended regular schools. Michael Faraday had some school education, but taught himself most everything he knew until he was a teenager when he began apprenticing under a book binder/seller. None of these people were homeschooled except Ada Lovelace, who was taught by governesses and tutors, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who was mostly self-taught by reading on his own. This is not an argument of whether homeschooling is good or bad or a personal attack, rather a strong suggestion that you fact check before teaching/writing about things that are untrue.

  2. Self-teaching *IS* a part of homeschooling. Using a tutor *CAN BE* a part f homeschooling. I suggest you educate yourself about what homeschooling is or isn't before you write things that are untrue, as well.

  3. Einstein credited much of his success to his self teaching. Einstein did attend a regular school And this is what he thought about it: "One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examination, whether one like it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year." From Walter Isaacson's "Einstein: His Life and Universe"