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What Schools Fail To Keep Science Exciting

Jul 21, 2008
Many kids in school think that science is only interesting to the super-smart, since it's all formulas and textbooks. This is a common misconception, but it doesn't make it true.

The fault doesn't lie with science as a subject, rather with the way it is being taught at school. In almost all the schools science, which is a practical subject, is dealt with theoretically (they talk about how it should work, instead of showing you). Teachers assume that all students are keen enough to understand and apply the theory in practical life. However, the boring and dull way in which science subjects are taught at most schools really kills the students' interest in science.

As a matter of fact, science at schools has been reduced to a matter of formulas and theoretical concepts which are far away from the daily life of most children. Science is an interesting subject for most students up to primary school - it continues to be focused on activities. As soon as the children enter secondary school, science becomes a matter of rote memorization and learning without a clear point. As a result, they are unable to relate to the subject and feel it's exciting. Science is a fascinating subject, yet many pupils are becoming bored and disinterested because of the way it is taught.

Many common questions about how things work in the real world are unanswered, or are answered in a really boring way. It is only at the research level that questions such as these are respected and answered, or the person is encouraged and taught how to find an answer to his question.

Teachers are not responsible for the entire problem. In a recent survey, most who quit their job as a science teacher at school reported that they had follow a checklist of topics while teaching, leaving little room for creativity. The study also found that frustration and lack of professional autonomy were cited as some other reasons for the teachers to quit their jobs. In this modern era, the curriculum followed at most schools are outdated, but even more ancient are the techniques used for teaching at school.
To improve the scenario, new tools should be implemented to teach children. Children should learn concepts practically and not just theoretically.

Visual and audio clips should be used to make learning simpler and more fun. Research proves it that clips shown to people leave a far better impact than just talking to them verbally. Also, the teaching methodology and the syllabus should be given a complete overhaul, keeping in mind the modern world and its needs.
About the Author
Sara Jones was a fine student but science was a source of frustration she didn't want her kids to suffer. She met Rick and Amanda Birmingham and realized their grasp of everyday science was the secret to making science fun. To learn more about the solution to science stress visit www.SuperFunScience.com
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