SCIENCE EDUCATION IS FAILING
The general public tends to think science is just one among many possible belief systems.
campaigns are mostly aimed at recruiting more STEM experts and professionals,
not at enlightening our
on the basic
nature of science.
Climate change denial, creationism
and all manner of
feed on this ignorance about the basic nature of science.
We support these by failing to emphasize several vital concepts about what science actually is.
science is not a
body of facts about the natural world.
Science is a
that can be used
to discover and verify these facts.
It is a
we can use to
counteract our minds' tendencies for
expectation and prejudice
that can mislead our solutions of all sorts
of problems and mysteries.
the fallacy of revelation from authority
Gravitation does not work the wayit does because Newton or Beakman or Bill Nye says so,
experiments and testing
have proven that it does.
science is not a rational right brain
activity based in
a complex holistic activity
intuition and creativity
to devise best guesses or hypotheses,
to draw conclusions from experimental results,
the design and interpretation of which are often lead by
logic and deduction
as well as
of prior art and the
and general knowledge of the scientist.
the most quintessentialy human activity
applying the whole range of our abilities to answer our most difficult and vexing questions.
We need to teach
this to our children.
We need to bring it
out of ivory towers
away from the
minds of geniuses
and into the daily lives of average children.
The alarming reports of
about the basic processes of science,
so crucial to our survival in a
has allowed special-interest groups with
narrow and dangerous agendas
to gain a frightening beachhead in the minds of most Americans.
Less than 30% of Americans "believe" in the theory of evolution
and among those who do accept its validity, a minority are able to explain
its details or understand its function.
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