Irving’s theory falls flat with educators
Kyrie Irving has been in the news a bunch lately, what with his alleged desire to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers via trade. But his opinions also are making waves in an entirely different arena: middle school classrooms.
NPR’s Avi Wolfman-Arent wrote a story this week about how teachers are battling the onslaught of fake news that is reaching their students and uses the example of middle school teacher Nick Gurol, who said his students think the Earth is flat because Irving said so on a podcast.
“And immediately I start to panic. How have I failed these kids so badly they think the Earth is flat just because a basketball player says it?” Gurol said in the article.
“He says he tried reasoning with the students and showed them a video. Nothing worked,” Wolfman-Arent wrote.
If you recall, Irving made his flat-Earth claims in February on a podcast hosted by Cavaliers teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, steering a discussion about whether aliens exist toward more conceptual matters.
“The Earth is flat,” Irving, who spent some time at Duke before entering the NBA draft, repeated three times on the podcast.
“For what I’ve known for many years and what I’ve been taught is that the Earth is round, but if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that — can you really think of us rotating around the sun, and all planets align, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these ‘planets’ and stuff like this?”
Irving later was asked by ESPN’s Arash Markazi about whether he actually has seen a photo of the very round planet Earth.
“I’ve seen a lot of things,” Irving replied.
In March, Irving again went on the Jefferson/Frye podcast to revisit the issue, and he seemed to pat himself on the back for starting a conversation about a question that was definitively answered many, many centuries ago.
“And then you got all these science experts, guys that have been studying the space, the Earth, everything for so many years,” Irving said. “And I’m sitting back and I’m like, ‘Okay, the fact that, you know, that this is opening up conversation, I’m happy with that.’ ”
Fast-forward a couple of months, and Irving apparently is believing the theories that LeBron James will bolt from Cleveland again and thus wants to beat him to the punch. That one might not be too far-fetched.