06 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 Teach Science Appreciation

When you study art, nobody expects you to become Picasso, but you’re taught how to appreciate Picasso: What goes into making great art? What motivates the artist? Why is it important? We don’t teach science that way. We teach science as if everybody’s going to practice it. Why can’t we teach science so students understand what the scientific method is, who the great scientists were, what motivated them, the important role that science plays in society, and what critical thinking is?
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Ira Flatow observes that we teach science as if everyone is going to practice it, not so everyone can learn to appreciate it.