[ASC-list] Why school science fails

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Fri Feb 3 07:00:34 UTC 2012


Nice article on why the presentation of science in schools fails to  
interest people - it takes out the colour, the characters, the fights,  
the back-stabbing!

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21397-lets-give-science-a-bad-name-in-schools.html

It's about the English situation but probably the same here.  Here's a  
sample:

Behind the curtain, scientists are surprisingly colourful. The world- 
changing ones are, by definition, anti-authoritarian, risk-taking  
rebels. The history of science is littered with instances of fighting,  
disregard of authority, dogged determination in the face of scorn and  
even that staple of teenage rebellion, wilful intoxication. Such  
behaviour seems to be inseparable from the creative pursuit of a  
breakthrough.

The problem is, school students only ever hear about the breakthrough  
itself. The crooked path to success has been whitewashed out of sight.  
This is not an accident: it is the result of a long-running PR  
campaign carried out by organisations such as the Royal Society – the  
creation of Brand Science, if you will.





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