Next week marks the 20th anniversary of Christa McAuliffe’s selection as the first Teacher in Space. (Note to summer school teachers: there is a great clip of this event on the "History in the Making, 1986" video on unitedstreaming. You can find it easily by clicking Learning Tools/Calendar/July 19). As I’ve been watching the events leading up to the launch of the newest Space Shuttle (aptly named Discovery;), it has served as a great reminder of the incredible things teachers do to inspire their students.
I have always admired Christa McAuliffe for her bravery, dedication to teaching, and the sense of adventure that led her to apply for the Teacher in Space program. (I’d like to think I would have jumped on an opportunity like that when I was teaching — although that’s easy to say from the comfort of my desk - I suspect in reality I might have hidden under my bed instead.)
I saw a poll the other day asking people if, given the chance, they would become a teacher in the space program. At the time I took the poll the answers were split almost even with 49% yes, 51% no.
What do you think? If the opportunity were presented to you, would you become a Teacher in Space? What other kinds of expeditions or adventures would you like to go on, or have you gone on, to further students knowledge?