I believe that one of the major issues in science education today is the missing element of discovery. Science has a much smaller impact on a student when the majority of the lesson comes from lecture, textbooks and worksheets. “What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do I understand” (Confucius).
Our students are held at such a high standard that has made education shift from open learning experiences to pounding information into their heads in a manner that none of us would enjoy. The great thing about knowledge is the many different ways it can be encountered. Due to the fact that school funding is based upon student performance and test scores we are no longer providing our children with the education they truly deserve. It seems are main goal is to make sure that our students simply ‘ace’ the big test. Instead of providing our students with the experiences and skills they need to succeed in life we are placing a huge responsibility on their shoulders that doesn’t belong there.
It is high time that we return our focus to real, hands-on learning in all areas of education. This includes science education where I believe hands-on learning may be the most important. To be successful in science it is important for students to make discoveries on their own. There is a need for teachers to provide more opportunities that allow students to create and conduct experiments. This would give students the chance to make important discoveries in science that are of interest to them. Providing more discovery opportunities will result in a better science education for our students.