In Support of Idiosyncrasy
MARCH 15, 2010
The institutions that seem most prey to a "cookie cutter" approach are science centers and children's museums. Funders like the NSF have encouraged science centers in particular to share their techniques and evaluations, which is fabulous but also leads to rampant and sometimes unthinking imitation. The best children's and science museums are deeply community-interrelated, often in ways that are hard to discern from the exhibits when experiencing them casually.