Science Education: Where Values Go To Live

Pecier Decierdo from Filipino Free Thinkers, reflects on a decision made earlier in the year by the Filipino Education department to remove ‘Science’ from the first and second grade education, based on a view that Science is not child-friendly enough for young learners. He provides stories of where science has been taught well and badly. He reflects on whether things should be ‘taught’ to children or whether they are able to be curious and explore for themselves

Science is difficult, yes. Science does not end in being amazed and awed, indeed. Science is not all about the happy-happy-joy-joy, true. That is why when science is taught, you do not simply teach it as a body of knowledge and not even as a body of theories. When science is taught, it must be taught as a human activity. And like all human activities worth pursuing, it requires a certain set of attitudes.

Among the virtues required by science are curiosity, attentiveness to detail, ambition, and intellectual honesty, all of which can be taught to kids as early as possible. In fact, for many kids these virtues need not be taught but only encouraged and reinforced

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2 thoughts on “Science Education: Where Values Go To Live

  1. That’s a scary thought – not teaching science to the young students. This decision makes me suspect that the policymakers are not aware about the fact how all problem solving skills are related to each other. Just pointing out to kids how similarly the scientific inquiry works to the peer negotiation and social problem solving students already do every day usually helps them grasp the process of comparing available choices in science too.

  2. Yes that’s a brilliant point about problem solving related across wider areas. It was so exciting having children stream in with lots of questions all the time – totally engaged in activities that encourage them further.

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