Physics teacher to AQA, UK Dept of Education: Put the physics back in GCSE physics
After writing a bit about Part III exams, I stumbled upon this timely open letter from Wellington Gray, a physics teacher, to the UK Department of Education and Assessment and Qualificatioms Alliance (the equivalent of the ETS in America):
The letter addresses a trend in UK science education (but also very relevant, if not more so, in the US) that actual science is being replaced with politics or empty fluff.
It frustrates me that so many people mistake science with taxonomy. As Feynman once wrote, just because you know the name of something it doesn’t mean that you know that thing. Science is not about knowing facts, it’s a process. This process—the scientific method—is the child of the enlightenment and is rooted in creativity and curiosity. Teaching science isn’t about memorising the periodic table or doing well in Jeopardy. It’s about rational thought. The same rational thought that is the prerequisite of things like, say, democracy.
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