The World Needs Scientific Literacy
ALL NATIONS SHOULD REQUIRE STUDENTS TO PURSUE GENERAL EDUCATION IN THE SCIENCES
Posted: January 8, 2012 at 5:30 a.m.
When I speak to groups about scientifi c literacy, I often begin by asking audience members to shout out a signifi cant global problem. A typical list of responses might include poverty, prejudice, overpopulation, the economy, environment, gasoline prices, terrorism, drugs, crime, war, pollution, biodiversity, nuclear weapons, disease — you get the idea. Now, think through the causes and solutions of these problems. I think you’ll agree that nearly all are related to science and technology.
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Opinion, Pages 13 on 01/08/2012