I love this quote from the TV show “The West Wing.” Based on a real Mars landing gone awry, CJ Cregg implores the President to still do a live TV broadcast with scientists and school children even though the spaceship has crashed due to a mistake in the math that caused it to be off by 120 feet or so (actually happened) and it smashed into the ground on Mars:
“We have at our disposal a captive audience of school children. Some of them don’t go to the blackboard or raise their hand cause they think they’re going to be wrong. I think you should say to these kids, ‘You think you get it wrong sometimes, you should come down here and see how the big boys do it’. I think you should tell them you haven’t given up hope, and that it may turn up, but in the meantime, you want NASA to put its best people in the room, and you want them to start building Galileo VI. Some of them will laugh and most of them won’t care but for some they might honestly see that it’s about going to the blackboard and raising your hand.”
Learning is messy!