I benefited from metallrgy/chemistry teaching via heuristics significantly - and became a copper research metallurgist building on research on heating/oxidizing copper in Kirby's lab in ~ 1954 also being well taught Maths by Rae/Bullard, Physics by Crosland/Grice (?) and Chemistry by Van Praagh/Matthews/Beavan. The question to address now is regarding Science Teaching in the 2020's and beyond - building on what might be viewed as a golden age of science teaching in the mid 20thC. We hope to address this in a BCOB project. CH could learn about creative STEMM teaching from Singapore and become truly world-leading in STEMM including entrepreneurship and engineering sui generis!
PROJECT SCOPE: “Christ’s Hospital 1552-2052”
The quest of the British Columbia Old Blues (BCOB) Christ’s Hospital 1552-2052 (“CH1552”) book project is to pose philosophical and pragmatic questions about the future of Christ's Hospital so that the principles and ethos of the boy-king in 1552 are enduringly in place at the great Quincentenary. This quest derives from the BCOB “Petition 1552” signed by over one thousand Old Blues globally and submitted to the Council of Almoners in 2016. The objective is a book incorporating the new poetry of Lizzie Ballagher coupled to other chapters on the ethos & charitable mission of Christ’s Hospital, posing philosophical, poetic, strategic and practical questions towards a comprehensive dialogue with the Christ’s Hospital community about the role of our well-beloved Hospital in the C21st. The overall purpose of the book is to enhance the global sui generis standing of Christ’s Hospital based on the ancient charitable mission’s undertaking to educate and care for poor and disadvantaged children. This book aims to be a follow-up to the Quatercentenary Christ’s Hospital Book gifted to all Blues in 1953. This book would be gifted to all Blues in 2020 by BCOB.
Proposed book content:
Introduction – 10 pages – David Taplin; Historical Reflections – 10 pages – David Arnold; The BCOB Story – 10 pages – Chris Johnson; Old Blues in North America – 10 pages – A N Other; Cameos – 20 pages – Desi Omojokun; A Heuristic Success Story – 10 pages – Christopher Bugge; Old Blue Scientists/C20th Science Teaching – 10 pages – Sinclair Wynchank; Broadcast Media – 10 pages – Terry Bate; New Poetry - 100 pages – Lizzie Ballagher; Epilogue – 10 pages – David Taplin & Desi Omojokun;
Finalize discussions with authors of Cameos – May 2019; Chapter Drafts – August 2019; Poetry Oeuvre completed – September 2019; Book published via GHP UK - May 2020.
David Taplin (CH 1950-1957), Lizzie Ballagher (CH 1961-1967), Desi Omojokun (CH 2004-2011) – “CH1552” Editors
January 19 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada