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Quote:When I was a kid we had a TV show called Mr. Wizard on Saturdays. He did all kinds of interesting scientific things and it was must see TV for me every Saturday. Today, Saturdays are all cartoons and sugary cereal commercials. First they rot their minds and then they rot their teeth.
Quote:I was wondering if this is purely a US-centric phenomenon, as it describes a situation I can't recognize over here in Europe. I've been a member of the biggest Danish astro forum for no more than a few years and only attended star parties since 2007, but during that time, I've seen quite a few young observers at the parties and also a number has joined the forum.
Quote:Sadly in this country , the average youth is probably more absorbed by looking over his shoulder and trying to stay alive . The school system here can't even think about adding a program as with all US bureaucracy it has over spent , is broke and can only cut cut cut . As far as our televised media goes , shows like "Keeping up with the Kardashians" or "Love and Hip Hop Antlanta" is more along the lines of what we see . It's all part of being dummied down . A sad state of affairs . I believe hiring in of minds from China and India was referenced in the Meade thread . Huh , I wonder why ?
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Quote:Personally I think each and everyone of us is responsible for getting people interested
Quote:Quote:Personally I think each and everyone of us is responsible for getting people interested Not everyone shares that sentiment. If someone is interested, I will gladly share what I can. But it is not up to me to instill an interest in someone who would much rather be doing something else. I did a few nights with students when our youngster was in high school but the teacher made it compulsory for her classes and those who weren't interested at all were very disruptive for the whole night. Not fun. With the current turmoil over teachers contracts, school boards have made any activity that requires school resources very difficult to organize. I have been socially active in my community for the last thirty years, everything from coaching kids sports, fund raising for elite team athletes, and more than a few nights at the soup kitchen. There is always something to do if one looks around. However, I have never had the urge to set up my scope at the end of the driveway and lure passers-by to look through it. Outreach is not for everyone. Some folks have really hectic lives and time at the eyepiece is precious. Others simply prefer solitude, quiet, and time to reflect for themselves. I don't know of any other hobby that demands outreach as a condition of participation. Why does astronomy but not woodworking, gardening, butterfly collecting, fishing or any other liesure time activity?dan
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Quote: Outreach is not for everyone. Some folks have really hectic lives and time at the eyepiece is precious. Others simply prefer solitude, quiet, and time to reflect for themselves. I don't know of any other hobby that demands outreach as a condition of participation. Why does astronomy but not woodworking, gardening, butterfly collecting, fishing or any other liesure time activity? dan
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Quote:Are telescope sales in the US at an all time low? Per unit? How about worldwide.
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Quote:BTW ... Seems that someone removed my post and picture of my daughter on this thread. Not cool admins! If you're going to do so, at least message me. Otherwise I get worried about how much other "editorial" control is going on.
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Quote:Dave they probably think w'ere an arm of the Nationalist Socialist party! Never have been. You? Mike
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Quote: I have to agree, in my case. I'm very exhuberant about astronomy, so people know I'm interested. However, if they show no interest in spending some time looking thru my scope(s); then I will not push my hobby onto them. I also live alone in a secluded area, so am not willing to have people that I do not know, come to my place; so I don't "advertise" astronomy when I'm in town. The club here that I used to belong to, was comprised of men that used the "meetings", to discuss everything BUT astronomy. After driving approx. 60 miles roundtrip for meetings, I finally quit the club.I absolutely enjoy it when someone does visit (several CN'rs have), as observing then is completely different from observing alone; but I also enjoy the solitude of just taking it all in, by myself.
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