Many discoveries in astronomy and physics remain beyond the grasp of the general populace. This is just one reflection of a widespread disconnect between the public and the sciences. This particular disconnect begins at a very early age, when young children who have a natural proclivity towards the sciences have lost this interest by the time they are teenagers. This had led me to conclude that something within the education system is failing to keep and nurture the interest children have in the sciences. It appears there is a lack of role models, people who can instill a questioning nature, and a sense of wonder in children these days.
As a result, I have become a guest teacher at Miss Coad's Kindergarten class in the Long Beach School District. I have been teaching her class once a month for five hours, focusing on hands-on activities designed to engage the children and keep them interested in general scientific topics. In particular, activities that have been general sucesses with the classes ones relating to the planets and scales of the solar system; the life cycle of stars; and of course, the general interest in black holes. It is my experience that although the minds of young children are not ready to learn about general relativity, our stigma on teaching them anything scientific is detrimental to their overall development.
If you're an educator who would like some of my two-three hour lesson plans, or if you'd like to invite me to teach your class, please feel free to contact me.