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Ramblings on Science Literacy

Did you know that the editors of Scientific American blog? Today, I came accross a great post by David Biello, where he writes hisConfessions of a Teenage Science Illiterate. It's a short and very well written piece.

He talks a little about the successes and failures of his teachers, erupting volcano models won over hamburger trajectories, and even talks about is major studies change from Chemistry to English.

While he confesses to gaps in his science literacy (who doesn't have gaps!?), he expresses his frustration with people who choose to "ignore or misinterpret scientific findings".

His closing paragraph sums up why science literacy is so important:

Perhaps if more people understood just some of such basic principles of science, we would be ready to make informed decisions about the medical potential of stem cells, global warming and other vast science-based conundrums facing the U.S. and the rest of the world today. At the very least, we should educate our children to understand them, since they will have to deal with the consequences of the decisions that are made today in an apparent fog of ignorance.

I would add that we need to educate our adults, too. It's never too late to learn, and while our focus may be on educating the next generation, we must also hold our own generation to the responsibility of science literacy.

A family centered approach might include trips to science museums and family science experiments and other activities. Build a volcano in your kitchen! Travel the path of discovery as a family.