Each year Hoosac School assigns an all school summer read! This year Hoosac is reading Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The book is a great way to ignite STEM topics. One of the defining themes of the book is courage. This year at Hoosac our theme is Be Brave. There is a moment from the film which is based on the novel when head NASA engineer, Paul Stafford, refuses the request of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) to attend an editorial meeting about John Glenn's upcoming mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Stafford's response is dismissive—"There's no protocol for women attending." Johnson replies, "There's no protocol for a man circling Earth either, sir." It is this particular quote which highlights the importance of the novel. For NASA to get John Glenn into space and home safely, institutions that supported prejudices and biases needed to start tumbling down. All hands (and brains) had to be on deck.
Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year we will revisit the themes of the novel. All content classes will incorporate Hidden Figures curriculum throughout the year. As we prepare to blast off into another amazing school year, we encourage you to read the book. If you have seen the movie you only know part of the story! Be Brave.