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The challenges of science education (2000)
The lecturers of this forum aimed to identify directions to be taken in science education that will endow citizens with scientific literacy. The general failure of education to achieve this goal was emphasised as all too often science education today is a means of creation a scientific elite and of academic selection.
Scienec today is relevant to everyone. Citizens need not to be specialists, but they do need to be scientifically literate if they are to form responsible opinions, and participate in the debate on the scientific issues that confront society today, such as Aids, the greenhouse effect, nuclear waste disposal, to name but a few.
In addition, science teaching must go hand in hand with humanism if we are to avoid some of the tragic mistakes made in the past that were supported by scientific theory devoid of human values.
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