Educating in Science: The Need for Change

 

 

A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
~Ever Garrison

After the vice-presidential debates, I find myself looking to the main political issues I have always been passionate about. One of the biggest problems in the United States today is inadequate education. Public school teachers work extremely hard, for extremely long hours and get paid very little –certainly far less than what they are worth to our nation and our future!

Education ought to be a major focus for our nation’s new president, as well as creating a focused initiative for a nationalized renewable energy plan. Though there are numerous important issues (and certainly we all have pet issues we care more about than others), I suspect that we can all agree on the significance of education.

The United States’ students are falling behind dozens of nations around the world, and this must change in order to secure our economy and the future of ‘our children’ (I put this in quotes because I am one of these children whose future is in jeopardy).

What needs to be done? I could write a book on the needs of the current education system, and indeed, many books have already been written by those more qualified than I, yet I would like to focus on one small facet of the subject.

Science. Finding a way to create new ways of interesting and captivating students with the wonders of the human body, of the physics of the world and thus fueling their pursuit towards careers in medicine, engineering, research, etc. Teaching has been underfunded and has not caught up with the tools of the time. Technology is a vital tool that teachers can use to create 3D environments to explain that which previously could only explained in 2D. Imagine being back in your first high school biology class, and instead of learning about the structures of a cell from this picture in your text book…

…instead you learn from a cinematic-like fascinating 3D animation of the cell:

Hi Res:
http://aimediaserver4.com/studiodaily/videoplayer/?src=ai4/harvard/harvard.swf&width=640&height=520

Lo Res:
http://aimediaserver.com/studiodaily/videoplayer/?src=harvard/harvard_low.swf&width=640&height=520

Every one of those cellular activities is occurring in your body right now. Stunning, isn’t it? Not like you remember that awful biology class to be like, eh?

This animation was created by a cooperative effort between leading animation experts and several of Harvard University’s medically experienced faculty. It is a fantastic example of the use of modern technology to create a more accessible understanding of science.

More research needs to be done on how best to teach students, especially with the U.S.’s failing scores in science and math. Then, schools and teachers need to be equipped with the tools (and funding) to implement these innovative teaching methods. Thus, we can bring education into the modern day and out of the comparative dark ages.

The above video is enthralling and beautiful, so I hope you’ve taken a moment to watch (and listen) to it. There is an educational version which explains the actual biological events occurring, which can be seen here:

http://multimedia.mcb.harvard.edu/anim_innerlife.html

 

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2 Responses to Educating in Science: The Need for Change

  1. Zach says:

    I appreciate your views on educational policy. Both of my parents were teachers and I heard about the difficulties in starting a career with such a low starting salary. I also am concerned with the United States continued drop in international rankings with respect to education. I think that the problem may lie with parental oversight in a child’s education. Often my parents would feel pressured to adjust class policies and standards because of overzealous parents feeling that things were “unfair” for their child. I think parents often allow lax student effort and blame teachers for not educating. We need to put the power back with teachers and allow them the ability to stand up and enforce classroom regulations. Parents need to stop hoovering over their children and force them to work for their own accomplishments. I can guarantee the top ranking nations have fewer parent teacher conferences and the teachers are hardly questioned about their assignments and grading.

  2. prelawstudent says:

    I’ve always found myself enthralled by science. In fact, I’ve loved every single class I’ve ever taken throughout highschool and college. I loved College Biology but didn’t pursue a career in it because I just didn’t understand the higher level classes. However, putting a more interesting spin on science to better relate to students who are less interested would always be a good thing.

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