Science teachers aren't likely to change a student's misconceptions just by correcting them.
Gurol says his students got the idea of a flat planet from basketball star Kyrie Irving, who said as much on a podcast.
"And immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it?" He says he tried reasoning with the students and showed them a video. Nothing worked.
"They think that I'm part of this larger conspiracy of being a round-Earther. That's definitely hard for me because it feels like science isn't real to them."If the pen is mightier than sword, words from celebrities are nuclear warheads. In Kyrie's case, a classroom globe doesn't stand a chance. [NPR]