Another excellent question. It’s been a while since I was at school, so I don’t know how it’s taught these days. I remember enjoying the practicals and learning about all the subjects, but I don’t really remember being taught the scientific principles. Perhaps I wasn’t listening. The whole idea about how to think about things logically, to examine the evidence critically and to design controlled experiments didn’t seem to be taught. I seem to remember having to memorise a lot of stuff but not actually having to think about much. Obviously, we need to learn about what we know so far so we can move forward, though.
What do you think? I’d be really interested to hear.
I agree with much of what Lena said. I’m not sure how it is being taught at the moment, but I think that the focus should be teaching people to be curious about the world around them, helping them to ask the right questions about the world, and then how to use correct methods to come up with answers to these questions. I too remember having to memorize a whole bunch of unless things in school, and I forgot most of this. Rather than teaching people to memorize and repeat, we need to teach people how to learn, and enjoy doing it!