I gave a talk last week where I got to talk about educational goals and learning theory.
At the end, a few people came up and thanked me. And then, inevitably at the end of a talk about education and some of my own research, someone comes up and says something like, “How do we deal with the students/situation/problem _____?” Because they think I know. As I drifted off to sleep that night, I was thinking about how the astronomers never have this question: “So, I’m designing this solar system and my earthlike planet’s orbit has an eccentricity of 0.870 and an albedo of .420; what do I do about that?”
Or maybe the astronomers have exactly the same problem.
At any rate, I’m glad I work in a field where there are practical questions. I wish I had practical answers.