Cooking cucumbers

One day I sliced up some vegetables. Onions, tomatoes, cucumbers. You know. The normal stuff that was in the fridge. And I put it all in a pan.

The tomatoes got soft, the onions started to caramelize but the cucumbers just started to look weird. My mom entered the kitchen and told me that cucumbers don’t taste good when you cook them like that. But I didn’t care. I just wanted to see.

It was an experiment in the purest form. I wasn’t sure what would happen, but the second I bit into a warm, mushy cucumber, I knew I would never cook them again.

Telling someone not to cook a cucumber is teaching. Cooking a cucumber and finding out for yourself is learning. I posit we need more learning in education.