How can we best prepare them to deal with all the misinformation, confusion and error they will encounter?
- Try to give them a feeling of wonder and excitement about the marvels of the natural world
- Teach them that science is more than just facts—how it works
- Give them tools for critical thinking and baloney detection
- Give them the ability to "do the math"
- If time allows, provide them with some useful facts
- Discouraging review of the situation from Forbes Magazine.
- Richard Feynman wasn't joking when he said science textbooks were UNIVERSALLY LOUSY! (his emphasis).
- Textbooks have been found riddled with errors in a 2001 study. Its authors note, "Many middle-school science teachers have little physical science training and may not recognize errors".
- Worst of all, most science teaching misleads students about what science is and how it works!
- Do plants feel pain? (Do animals feel pain?)
- What limits the height to which trees can grow? (The world'’s tallest tree is in California—112 meters tall)
- How much do human "clones" have in common with each other? (There are human clones, you know—they are called "twins".)
UpdateTo see what can happen when science education is neglected or perverted, see this more recent post.
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