My experience of the HE community is that creative children vastly outnumber academic children.The other reason we don't like 'science' as it is presented (which we were just discussing yesterday) is that the language is hard to write when your tendency is to be a creative writer. I find scientific writing almost completely boring and dull. It mitigates the concepts behind science which are often wonderful and exciting.
The question is whether there is a lack of interest in purchasing scientific apparatus or whether there is a difficulty in purchasing it. My chemical supplier wrote to me after 9/11 saying that they are no longer willing to supply to private individuals or very small businesses.We all have art & craft boxes stashed with goodies which can be put into action in the blink of an eye on a rainy day. But I bet there aren't many families with a similarly well-stocked science cupboard - go on delight me and tell me I'm wrong! Yet there are lots of science experiments and investigations that can be done at home, easily and cheaply, which are guaranteed to give kids a surprise or make them laugh or even wonder why.
I dispute this as GCSE and KS2/3 science books are widely available and are not too difficult for the layman to understand. Popular science books vary in quality but several seem to venture into the realm of pseudoscience.It's true science books can be heavy going with the seemingly impenetrable technical language, which would encourage many folk to steer a wide berth. Yet there are some terrific popular science writers around these days who make the facts a whole lot more digestible for kids and adults.
I agree with this one. The school subject classifications (and the Dewey Decimal System) were designed in the 19th century for the 19th century. I am opposed to restoring separate science subjects for GCSEs in schools because they are less accommodating of certain topics such as oceanography or forensic science that don't cleanly fit into the chemistry, physics, biology categories.I think it is the idea of dividing the world into "subjects" in the first place which is overrated.
You make a good point. Disputing global warming is not acceptable in state schools.The other one is not so much an overrated subject, but a subject that is terribly badly delivered - even more so than most of the others! The Environment.
When I last checked, human biology GCSE had been discontinued due to low take up of the subject. I believe there is demand for this subject but the education system will not accommodate it.And gosh I wish you could focus in in more detail at GCSE and A level. It used to be far easier to do something like Human Biology at these levels instead of general biology.
What do you think of the idea of sending children to residential schools in order that they socialise more?after the claptrap i have had to deal with today... i would say that the most overrated 'subject is 'socialising/ation'... for a start off because it is not what school is intended for... surely that's why youth clubs were invented? and because it's also not what generally tends to happen in any kind of healthy and autonomous way in such a forced environment... & yet 'schoolers' always tout it as the greatest part of going to an institution... :loco:
... i think that 'socialising' in any form is fine as long as the person is doing it of their own free will & not because they have no other choice. However i don't think that a residential school would necessarily provide wide ranging opportunity to do so... but again then i have never attended one so i do not know for sure. I have friends who attended boarding school & loved it, but whether they did so after having to adjust their minds to the fact they had no other choice, is a matter for consideration!What do you think of the idea of sending children to residential schools in order that they socialise more?