“Miss Scarlett did it in the conservatory with the dagger,” Gemma-Rose announces to her older sisters.
Miss Scarlett, the conservatory and the dagger: Those words belong to my childhood. Many years ago, I loved playing Cluedo with my own sisters. I hoped I’d be the first person to discover the identity of the murderer. Could I work out how the murder was committed and where?
It’s a lot of fun trying to solve a murder. At least it is when the murder is only make-believe. It’s not likely a Miss Scarlett is ever going to knock someone over the head with a silver candlestick in the drawing room of an old English house (after passing down the secret passage). We know it’s only a game so we’re free to enjoy ourselves.
But what if the murder is real? What if someone’s mother is poisoned or shot or brutally beaten? That’s disturbing. A real person dies. Should that person’s suffering become our entertainment? But what if that murder is an opportunity for science? What if forensics gives us the tools to apprehend, not a pretend Miss Scarlett, but a real murderer?
In this week’s podcast, I ponder these questions while sharing some science and maths resources.
I also talk about:
- My first year as a podcaster: Why did I nearly delete my very first episode? And why is it important I don’t worry about the opinions of others?
- A typical unschooling day: Do our days have rhythm? Or are they wildly unpredictable?
- Two tips for joyful unschooling: (I offer them, but you are free to reject them!)
- What we should do if our children reject our strewing
What to Do When Strewing is Rejected
Thank you for listening!