Why Teach Science?

…you don’t have to be a scientist for science to be transformative…

Some years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Brian Greene explain string theory to a group at an NAIS national conference in Boston. His audience comprised a majority of non scientists and he made his work in theoretical physics both fascinating and accessible.

Here he is on the op-ed pages of the NY Times  Put a Little Science in Your life.

Greene makes the clear case for why science education matters. It’s why PDS has invested in new science facilities – two new labs to be added this summer and available for the 2008-2009 school year. It’s why we are focusing on science as a priority within the school and expanding the science options within the high school.

This article was brought to my attention by middle school science teacher Laura Graceffa. Read it and see what you think about the merits of Greene’s case for science education  and science literacy for all.

Here is a video link to the Universe on a String – Brian Greene at TED Talks.

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