I present for your consideration science in primary and secondary education. Advocates consider funding for this education to be crucial… for America to not fall behind other countries, for us to create new and improved treatments for diseases, for us to find better and cleaner sources of energy, for us to have faster computers, etc. Many of these are relevant and worthwhile considerations, but they are practical aims. In this view, science is merely a means to an end.
The pragmatic approach often continues when the students, as they often do, demand to know why they should have to learn about science in the first place. The best known response is something like, “Because you’ll need it later.” Children and teenagers are typically unimpressed by this. And for them the argument also has the danger of falling through Continue reading