There’s a reason why Neil deGrasse Tyson’s views on race are completely overlooked and why even I was never aware of them until recently. Science nerds will make a billion photosets and quotes about the new Cosmos and speak on everything Neil gets into even the science of the fucking Mjölnir hammer from Thor or the science of Krypton. Anything Neil speaks on as a prominent figure in science gets circulated. But just like Albert Einstein’s celebrity scientist status had no effect on his vocal views against antiblack racism in America [and it’s now 2014 with the same shit different faces], Neil’s anti-racism views are also suppressed, downplayed, or ignored. It shows that the science community at large has a long way to go in terms of accepting the problem of racism and sexism it has and fails to bring to light as it does so frequently with more efforts to many other political subjects.
some kids (I was/ still am one of those ppl), just learn better with shapes, illustrations, images and our schools aren’t very supportive to visual and experience learners. it’s kinder to the able and willing or with the brain that can rely on memory and self determination. others don’t have that luxury and on top of it get false help. the help is there, but it’s not helping. I don’t think our schools use art the way it can be used. what I see is like a 4% usage of art’s true capability. and although I can’t say I’m 100% sure of it but a part of me is almost certain that art can do away with many of the problems people have with understanding just about anything.
If art was as heavily and effectively implemented into school systems the way memorization and english is (not to say these two are effectively implemented though but they like to think it is), I think a lot more kids with mental disabilities would have a slightly easier time navigating their schools. Art is so easy to mold and remold and open to reform that you can do this for just about every kid who needs it if you spent enough time trying to tackle this situation.
I love how art so easily explains intricate things I would have NEVER understood with only words and numbers. It can be something like a complex budget, significant patterns or a mathematical theory that my dyslexic/dyscalulia ass could never understand by conventional methods. But turn it to a simple illustration and I finally get it. I love that.