I have written my first novel. Presently, I am editing the first draft, but I have a question about "Past" and "Present" tense writing. The story is written in present tense, but I have a situation where a couple of characters are discussing a historical figure. Their dialogue involves present tense, discussing the situation that is in past tense. Will this be conveyed as sloppy writing? Below are two paragraph's of the discussion. If anybody could provide some direction or advice, It would be much appreciated.
“Mr. Jackson, our first period science teacher,” Zach, replies,” said we will be learning about some of Benjamin Franklin’s electrical experiments and his famous Kite Experiment. You know me, I love a good experiment. I just hope it doesn’t get boring, since I already know a good amount about electricity, probably much more than Benjamin Franklin ever knew.”
“Boring. No way. This could be a very interesting lesson, especially, if you think of it this way.” Dad encourages. “Remember at that time, nobody, including Benjamin Franklin, understood much about electricity. So, imagine yourself in his shoes trying to understand how electricity actually works. What makes it do what it does and how, or even why? It was only through his experiments that he began to understand the simplest forms of electricity. What he was discovering was not only interesting, but it was groundbreaking. Everything was by trial and error and had to be tested to see how things would react. He logged his results, retested after removing a variable, then compared the results. Then, he would do it all over again, and again and then again.”