My parents are convinced I will "make a bomb" because I want to get some beakers and basic reagents off of the internet. They are scared they will LOSE THERE HOUSE because the government aparently does that if they find so much as a beaker out of a "real" chemistry lab. Being a department aid, my days consist of such tasks as demonstrating ALKALINE EARTH metals (because sodium or lithium is WAY to dangerous), but ask my mom! Im going to blow my face off from dropping a couple mG of calcium into a large beaker. Mixing concentrated acids and bases so that the kids do not need to handle the pure caustic chemicals is another aspect of my day. She is irate that the school even provides such a chemical. People don't realize that in a high school, the safety precautions are great, fume hoods, basic and acidic solutions ready to immediately neutralize a spill.
I try to explain to them that what I do in a fully stocked chemistry lab is safe, antecedents do happen but we are prepared. They also lack the comprehension of home chemistry as a non bomb making activity (Thanks FOX, and CNN.), things like when the news says "A High explosive... IN YOUR HOUSE! 2 COMMON chemicals mixed." Yeah, just like sodium which has the bad habit of blowing the hell up on contact with water (you know what I mean) and chlorine, you know that poison gas, make salt. Oh and iodine which is always used to make a bomb is added to that salt, because your body needs it.
I believe that with out every single American taking a genuine lab based chemistry class, we will always be a dieing breed of people. Those who are not simply satisfied with a statement in a text book, and a youtube video done by a professional, but those who wish to learn hands on, and get real life knowledge to boot.
Slowly but surly I am breaking through to them. It will be a while. She says she doesnt want me "doing chemistry behind her back" because she left me so many other options.