Science in secondary schools
"Science is both a body of knowledge and a process." - Understanding Science
The National Curriculum aims to address both the knowledge that students need and an understanding of the process by which this knowledge was gathered. The content and the skills of science invigorate and animate each other. One without the other, would be lifeless and boring, together they inspire our sense of wonder.
What drives the scientific process?
"Evidence beats opinion." - Prof. Brian Cox
"That which is asserted without evidence can be rejected without evidence" - Christopher Hitchens
"Anecdote is not evidence." - Harriet Hall
These ideas are at the heart of what makes science such an important subject. Understanding them give students the tools to pose and answer difficult questions about what is true across a huge range of disciplines.
The people who can answer these difficult questions are the ones who can drive progress whether it is on a nationally in terms of the economy or globally in terms of how people live their lives.