When astronomy…scares?

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Feb 11, 2007
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Brilliant. Some teacher in the UK decided to tell 230 fourteen year old students that the Earth is about to be destroyed by an asteroid impact.

It was an effort to teach kids to carpe diem -- seize the day. A fine sentiment, of course, but maybe he could have asked them to just pretend an asteroid was on its way instead of scaring the carpe out of them.

And besides the obvious stupidity of telling kids they're about to die, we're having a hard enough time getting people to take the threat of asteroids seriously. Maybe the school will tell him to carpe his belongings and find an asteroid of his own to go live on.