26 Jun '14

News What should a 20-year vision for science and mathematics education look like? | Athene Donald

Today the Royal Society launches a report proposing major reforms of science and mathematics education to give students the breadth needed to face the challenges of the 21st centuryHow do you know what you want to do with your life at 16? In truth very many children have no idea. Since they are too often offered little insight into what the world of work looks like, how can they know? In England we have a school careers advisory system that is, at best, woefully underfunded and yet we expect children to be able to make sensible selections of future courses. However hackneyed the Two Cultures phrase may seem, there is still too much truth lurking behind it in the English school system where children often find themselves required to opt either for science or arts/humanities/social sciences subjects. If they try to keep a bit of both they may then find themselves ill-qualified and therefore unlikely to be accepted for whatever courses they want to take next; or school timetabling may simply rule out an eclectic mix of subjects. Continue reading...

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