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Feb. 20, 2011

You Don’t Learn Your Science In School

by Ira Flatow

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Yes. We’ve all heard the bad news about how American kids know so little about science and how our educational system if failing.
 
The good news is that according to a recent study, “by the time U.S. citizens are young adults, they are better informed about science than their international peers.” And where do they learn science? Not in stuffy classrooms. But informally: “museums, aquariums, broadcast programming and other sources of science exposure.” Like SciFri!
 
Writing in the American Scientist magazine, The 95 Percent Solution, John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking back up with reams of research what many of us have believed for years: science is “naturally” fun and satisfying. Boys and girls and kids of all ages – like me- will eagerly soak up science whenever and wherever they find it, all around them. And that’s why folks like us enjoy our jobs so much.
About Ira Flatow

Ira is the host and executive producer of Science Friday.

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