It’s wonderful to bring you some good news about positive outreach in science and skepticism. Check out this program for kids taking place in Spokane, Washington. They teach kids how to recognize bad science by showing them why dowsing and astrology SEEMS to work but ultimately is a fail.
Building scientific literacy is about more than learning the laws of physics or memorizing the periodic table.
“At the basis of all science – well, at the basis of just about everything – is the ability to think critically and the ability to look at an argument or an idea and examine it,” said Aaron Berenbach, the science center’s education coordinator.
The implications extend beyond the classroom or laboratory – protecting consumers from claims about flimsy medicine, for example.
Reaching kids with skepticism is CRITICAL to their future. How many times have we heard that kids are not taught how to think through these issues. Give them the tools early to assess extraordinary claims and you will set them up with a good foundation for life. What a wonderful program!
You can do it too! Make an effort to volunteer to talk to kids about critical thinking and evaluating weird claims and ideas. They love it! Take a look at this post from last year when I was able to connect with kids and hear their points of view.
Tip: Patricia Hall