Friday Room regular and lifelong teacher Geoff Gay will be presenting this topic:
When I was at school back in 1960, at the tender age of 12/13 we had to choose between two pathways: “Science” or “Arts” (echos of CP Snow – Two Cultures!). From the age of about 10, I was very interested in science (especially astronomy) so that was naturally my choice. BUT my enthusiasm was soon dimmed by some very uninspiring science teaching: when I asked questions, I usually got the answer “Just learn it to get a good grade in the exam”.
I understand that science teaching has not got much better in the ensuing 50-plus years, with the result that most people in our society do not understand either scientific method or the key science concepts. To take one example, lots of people are not aware of the time and distance scales of our universe. Understanding science is one of the keys to understanding the world and the universe, and, without that understanding, it is difficult to contribute to change. What can be done about this?