From: Rita Kay Calhoun <r.calhoun**At_Symbol_Here**MOREHEADSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] NSTA Urges Science Educators to Halt the Use of Methanol-Based Flame Tests on Open Laboratory Desks
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:55:05 +0000
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I disagree that the question is why did the teacher do the demo. The question was why was the teacher so stupid as to pour a flammable liquid onto a flame. Anyone over the age of 6 should know that this is dangerous. I sometimes wonder if the recent increase in the apparent lack of "common sense" (yes, I said common sense because it is common sense to be wary of flames) is an unexpected result of the fear of even minor dangers that has resulted in many schools only doing experiments that a kindergartener could do. In order to be able to cross a street safely, you actually have to practice crossing a street safely. Rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater, perhaps we should learn/teach how to bathe the baby without drowning it.


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Frankie Wood-Black
Sent: Friday, November 06, 2015 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] NSTA Urges Science Educators to Halt the Use of Methanol-Based Flame Tests on Open Laboratory Desks

A question for the group and maybe to a wider audience. After the last set of announcements and the CSB alert, my question is related to why this teacher chose to do it. One reason may have been that they felt they could do it because they had numerous times. The other is that they were unaware of the recommendations NOT to do this particular demonstration anymore. SO - my question is - is there an avenue that we should be using to inform teachers about the hazards of this experiment that have not been utilized previously - and if so - what would it be????

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