Human Science Project

Don’t judge a man until you walked a mile in his shoes. Then you have his shoes, and you'll be a mile away.”

School-age kids think they are really something. I do too, by the way. Sometimes it’s just astounding how school kids of all ages can access the left sides of their brains, or untapped sides of their right brains.

Personally, I do believe a lot of the grown-ups have forgotten much of the fun they had in high school. It’s too bad. So, enjoy these days, guys and girls. But be good …

Now, let’s get to the topic of human behavior. Do you think adults know more about the government than students who are studying it?

The following is a glimpse of a science project by an 8th grade California student who wanted to know if students or adults knew more about the government.

Her hypothesis was that students know more about the government than adults.

She won second place at the California State Science Fair with this experiment.

Objectives/Goals:

“I believe that the 7th and 8th grade students know more about the upcoming election and government more than random people off the street.”

Methods/Materials:

“I made up 15 questions and took them to two different places. The first being my school and tested the 7th and 8th graders. The second I took and stood out in front of my local grocery store and asked shoppers to take the test.”

Results:

Conclusions/Discussion:

Can you try this experiment? In fact, you should try this experiment. Why? Because I think that it will show you empirically the truth of the above idiom “walk a mile in my shoes before you criticize me.” Actually, some people think the saying began,” walk a mile in my moccasins….”

Native Americans saw their homeland taken over by the white man, and changed in fundamental ways. The ones changing their culture felt very little empathy for them. Yet both cultures believed that they honored and believed in the true God, or divine spirit. Native Americans lost the land. Their struggle has become one of finding and holding onto dignity and the rod of truth which makes a person stand tall.

Do you ever wish you had that rod of truth?

Do you know what it is?

Can you see any other cases of people like this?

Mourning Dove Salish 1888-1936 his culture this way:

“...everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence. Children were encouraged to develop strict discipline and a high regard for sharing. When a girl picked her first berries and dug her first roots, they were given away to an elder so she would share her future success. When a child carried water for the home, an elder would give compliments, pretending to taste meat in water carried by a boy or berries in that of a girl. The child was encouraged not to be lazy and to grow straight like a sapling.”

Do you think you know more about life than this Native American?