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ERIC Number: EJ855065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1084-6522
A Classicist's Turn toward Science
Sigler, Jeff
NCSSSMST Journal, v14 n1 p21-23 Fall 2008
The author has never been good at math. When he was in 9th grade, he found gripping joy in Shakespeare, the wives of Henry VIII, the psychosis of Poe, the heroes of various revolutions, the perpetual pillaging of Alsace and Lorraine. However, his interests changed when he enrolled in the Central Virginia Governor's School (CVGS) for Science and Technology. The author's experience at CVGS has been essential to his early career in science, considering it was his introduction to developing research methodologies, collecting and processing data, writing research papers, using spreadsheets and other computer software, learning to appreciate the joy of observing natural systems in something akin to real time, cultivating a healthier sense of skepticism. But it was not simply learning new ways of thinking and the experience with computers and other technology that really placed him at an advantage. They had a faculty that knew what they were doing. The atmosphere, curriculum and general approach to learning at CVGS were fundamentally collegiate. The author was surprised by how far ahead of the game he was when he started college. Without this great, practical benefit provided by a strong science and technology school with a clear intent to prepare students for a more collegiate style, the author does not see how he would have been as successful academically in college, or how becoming a professional scientist would have been a natural choice for this amateur historian.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia