Hands-On Quotes (2 quotes)
It seems to me it [hands-on experience] was more prevalent in a more primitive society, where youre closer to machinery. [As a university teacher,] I see this with farm kids all the time. They have a more or less rugged self-reliance.
[While in school, before university,] I, like almost all chemists I know, was also attracted by the smells and bangs that endowed chemistry with that slight but charismatic element of danger which is now banned from the classroom. I agree with those of us who feel that the wimpish chemistry training that schools are now forced to adopt is one possible reason that chemistry is no longer attracting as many talented and adventurous youngsters as it once did. If the decline in hands-on science education is not redressed, I doubt that we shall survive the 21st century.