That presents a problem for middle-school teacher Nick Gurol.
Gurol says his students got the idea of a flat planet from basketball star Kyrie Irving, who said as much 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?” He says he tried reasoning with the students and showed them a video. Nothing worked.
“They think that I’m part of this larger conspiracy of being a round-Earther. That’s definitely hard for me because it feels like science isn’t real to them.”
Might Gurol’s students be trolling him by feigning belief in a flat Earth? Nah, that doesn’t sound at all like middle-schoolers.
Even if they’re serious, maybe they just need someone to teach them how to assess the Earth’s shape. Anyone up for that job?