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Proposal For Scientific Literacy In Secondary School

Proposal for scientific literacy in secondary school

The covid-19 pandemic brought out the conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers like never before. I feel sad when I see that people in my family believe that scientists are not independent, that our colleagues and friends who are working day and night to find a cure and a vaccine are “fake” and that the scientists are part of an elite or the illuminati or deep state or bribed by Bill Gates.

What I notice here, is that in these days when we can look up everything on the internet, it is more important than ever to be able to critically analyze data, have a basic understanding of statistics and uncertainty, and be able to distinguish random junk on the internet from evidence-based work. So, I’d like to propose to include scientific literacy in all secondary schools. You can find the wake of this proposal here. It’s just a rough idea, but let me know if you want to work on developing a pilot – from the academe or school system.

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  1. it is welcome. Knowledge development from young minds is greatest asset. In current society, you realize high percent of the population are secondary school leavers. These are determiners of behavioral talk in society.

  2. This is a great idea Eva! My husband is a teacher and we frequently talk about this. I couldn’t find the link on the post, but would be interested in knowing more about your ideas on the topic. I am keen to engage with schools here in Australia too, so if it is a project you’d like to see implemented in different countries, perhaps we could work on it together. Cheers, Silvia

    1. Hi Silvia,
      It looks like the Wakelet embedded block did not come through properly – so I’ve fixed it now. And yes, let’s keep in touch to develop this idea further – I love your idea of having a package / workshop-style experience!

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