Even if you have to use reverse psychology, get your kids to watch the reincarnation of Carl Sagan's famous show, Cosmos, this Sunday, March 9. It could be the most influential show for young minds this decade.
Science has taken a back burner to pop culture in the past 20 years or so. Look at the people our children revere. You'll find pop stars, movie stars, sports figures, and reality-show participants. What is sadly missing from our children's idols are the scientists. Science used to be cool. We had astronauts blasting into space and our living rooms on TV. There were TV shows for kids that highlighted science in a cool way. Now, the closest we have is Mythbusters, which is quite enjoyable but can clearly be focused more on footage than facts.
I tried showing my children the show Cosmos with Carl Sagan. Unfortunately, it was a bit dated, and my kids found Sagan more weird than endearing. Luckily, Cosmos is being reintroduced with fresh new visualizations and a new host for younger crowds. Starting this Sunday you'll be able to bask in the glory of the science of our universe with the incredibly charismatic Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson as the host.
Please, if you've got kids, get them to watch this. Kids who are enamored with science become engineers.
I would like to offer two approaches to getting your kids to watch the show. Pick whichever you think would work best in your situation.
Option 1: Reverse psychology
"Cosmos is totally stupid. Don't even bother watching it. All of the parents in the neighborhood were thinking of officially protesting it. Horrible nonsense, don't even think about it."
This method might be the most effective tactic for many of you. Actually, even if the others sound workable, this one is almost guaranteed to get the result you want. You're reading this article aren't you?
Option 2: Honesty
"This show looks insanely good. It appears to be a perfect mix of education and entertainment. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is charismatic and, quite frankly, the only person suited to fulfill this role. You'll love it and I'd love to share it with you."
While I do believe honesty is the best policy, this method may only earn you some eye rolls and sighs. Not recommended.