“Our educational system fails to teach science in a way that allows students to integrate it into their lives,” writes Brian Greene, a physics professor at Columbia in the New York Times.
Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner thatâ€™s precise, predictive and reliable â€” a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. To be able to think through and grasp explanations â€” for everything from why the sky is blue to how life formed on earth â€” not because they are declared dogma but rather because they reveal patterns confirmed by experiment and observation, is one of the most precious of human experiences.
Greene argues that science education focuses “on the need to gain competency with scienceâ€™s underlying technical details,” ignoring “the big questions,” such as:
Where did the universe come from? How did life originate? How does the brain give rise to consciousness? Like a music curriculum that requires its students to practice scales while rarely if ever inspiring them by playing the great masterpieces, this way of teaching science squanders the chance to make students sit up in their chairs and say, â€œWow, thatâ€™s science?â€
Science should be taught as an adventure story, he writes.
We must embark on a cultural shift that places science in its rightful place alongside music, art and literature as an indispensable part of what makes life worth living.
I am nearly tone deaf to science. I understand the scientific method, a few random details and that’s about it.