We need to stop trying to teach every child as either a future scientist or a future failed scientist. We don’t want or need every student to be a scientist, but we do want each one to be a success. And success includes a solid understanding and appreciation of science, one that will remain useful to both themselves and society throughout their lives.
YES. In my K-12 and college years I took more science and math than nearly any other subject1, and yet I use almost none of it today.
However, the practical things in life – building relationships, networking, buying a house, managing my money, conflict resolution, public speaking – literally were given zero time.
Science and Math has become this end-all be-all that we’ve forgotten that 99% of us don’t go on to be scientists and mathematicians.
I disagree with Deborah’s point about taking more science, I’m more pragmatic – give students a general overview of the sciences, and then move on. Teach them real life skills that they will go on to use, things like saving for retirement and finding a job. No one ever taught us how to do that. It’s where Kyle Baxter was going with his new university system.
- Seriously. I took AP Physics, AP Calculus, and more Natural Sciences in college than Accounting classes as a business major [↩]