I was riding Spaceship Earth at Epcot with my mom last week. One moment in the ride portrays Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing. Before I could ask her if she watched it on television, she reflected ruefully on how she had to watch it. She wanted to go to a friend’s house for a sleepover, and her parents made her watch the first human being walk on the moon.
I should remember this anecdote whenever I wonder why my students are more interested in socializing than listening to some relative nonsense I’m inviting them to learn.