Monday, November 22, 2010

Science-based education

From an obituary of Georges Charpak (1924-2010) appearing in Science, 29 October, 2010:

"A team formed under the aegis of the French Academy, and it soon defined a strategy and tactics. The strategy was founded on a single priority: to use science to support the child's mental development. This meant inculcating a taste for questioning, a sense of observation, intellectual rigor, practice with reasoning, modesty in the face of facts, an ability to distinguish between true and false, and an attachment to logical and precise language."

Presumably these values, and values they are, are deeply troubling to some. How else to explain the anti-science attitudes so distressingly prevalent in the United States these days.


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