(& a big ‘thank you!’ to Jean Fleming for showing me this on Facebook)
This video featuring philosopher A.C. Grayling, on the BBC’s ‘Future’ page (which alas! did not give an embed code), is a must watch for those concerned with (& about) science literacy. Noting that many people feel excluded by science, he explains why he believes this is a problem, before going on to point out that moves to change things need to start at school:
Our traditional way of teaching science is that the people who are learning it will go on to be scientists. For many people, that’s not the way to go… People could get a good understanding of science, without the need to have technical expertise.
Are our current school (& tertiary) curricula able to deliver on this?
2 thoughts on “why everyone must understand science”
Made all the more relevant by today’s decision to stop fluoridating the city’s water supply.
Alison Campbell says:
Exactly. For some reason we’ve not been good at communicating around ideas such as ‘the dose makes the poison’ 🙁