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"From the Ted Talk by Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun"

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Now, finally, I am often so disappointed when peploe think that I'm atiavncodg a dumbing down of science. That's not true at all. I'm currently a Ph.D. student at MIT, and I atbsleuoly understand the importance of detailed, specific scientific ctainommicoun between experts, but not when we're trying to teach 13-year-olds. If a ynoug learner thinks that all viruses have DNA, that's not going to ruin their chances of success in science. But if a young learner can't understand anything in science and lenras to hate it because it all sounds like this, that will ruin their chances of success.

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Now, finally, I am often so disappointed when ______ think that I'm __________ a dumbing down of science. That's not true at all. I'm currently a Ph.D. student at MIT, and I __________ understand the importance of detailed, specific scientific _____________ between experts, but not when we're trying to teach 13-year-olds. If a _____ learner thinks that all viruses have DNA, that's not going to ruin their chances of success in science. But if a young learner can't understand anything in science and ______ to hate it because it all sounds like this, that will ruin their chances of success.

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  1. learns
  2. advocating
  3. people
  4. absolutely
  5. communication
  6. young

Original Text

Now, finally, I am often so disappointed when people think that I'm advocating a dumbing down of science. That's not true at all. I'm currently a Ph.D. student at MIT, and I absolutely understand the importance of detailed, specific scientific communication between experts, but not when we're trying to teach 13-year-olds. If a young learner thinks that all viruses have DNA, that's not going to ruin their chances of success in science. But if a young learner can't understand anything in science and learns to hate it because it all sounds like this, that will ruin their chances of success.

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Important Words

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