The U.S. Department of Education, and more than a few state-level departments, could take a lesson from NASA. On a recent evening, I had the opportunity to again hear one of my favorite local celebrities; Kathy Thornton, engineer, professor, UVa associate dean, and a 4-mission retired space shuttle astronaut. Kathy doesn’t hold back when it comes to sharing her informed perspectives on space. She’s earned that right, having been key to several major payload deployments into space including the first service work on the Hubble telescope. She’s a real-deal spacewalker. And, she’s fascinated with the human narrative of exploration. She began her talk with an image of one of the earliest maps of the globe in existence.
So, what does Kathy’s focus on the narrative of human exploration have to do with education?
Kathy Thornton created a metaphor in my mind as she spoke. Here’s what she shared…
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