Teaching science should not be an afterthought; it is just as important as the core subject areas (i.e., reading, writing and mathematics). The study of science improves a child’s ability to organize information, to reason and to develop predictions and explanations. All these skills are essential in a child’s education and development as a person.
For that reason, it is important that all parents monitor how their child’s school is teaching science. Many school districts will teach scientific literacy in place of a science or STEM program. This is when a student reads science articles and participates in text-based discussions. While this is a significant skill, it is only one aspect of understanding this discipline.
The process of discovery and inquiry must still be included in all science programs. This is when students are allowed to test their assumptions and make predictions using hands-on activities or the scientific method. Teachers engage children in learning what is in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future.
The more children are exposed to science from a young age, the more they will develop an understanding of the environment and themselves, and the ability to think, build, and organize knowledge.
Science means ‘knowledge’ …. and knowledge is power.
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