Science for kids is all about benefiting from human curiosity.
Imagine sitting by the campfire fifty or sixty thousand years ago trying to explain to your kid why the moon moves across the sky. Or, how about living in 15th century Europe trying to understand why everyone around you is dying of plague? For fifteen centuries people believed that the earth was the center of the universe.
In the late 1800′s, the U.S. Patent Office announced that everything that could be invented, had been…failing to foresee commercial aviation, radio and television, space flight, video games, Pringles, cell phones, the internet, and the iPad among other things.
Science brought all of these things to our lives, and science starts with kids.
So what happens to that curiosity—the source of every benefit in human existence—when it hits public education?
Kids, Science, and Public Education
In 1957 the launch of the Soviet Sputnik changed education in the United States. The Soviet success was perceived as a U.S. educational failure and that had to be fixed. Millions were spent to design curricula to turn out as many scientists as possible. In 1983 U.S. education changed again with the publication of A Nation At Risk. The government committee found science for kids, among other subjects, to be lacking.
The committee’s conclusion was that our economic survival is dependent on producing a well-educated high school graduate who could compete in a world economy. It was a faulty conclusion based on misinterpretation of the data that led the expansion federal government intervention into local education.
And then came No Child Left Behind and standardized testing. The federally mandated guidelines have resulted in producing a generation of test takers, not kids who enjoy scientific pursuits…or any other subjects, for that matter.
Why Kids NEED To Love Science
Kids who don’t understand how science shaped the world we live in today do not understand why electricity is different than magic, how human minds and human effort have created a world in which most children survive to adulthood, or why technology upholds everything that matters in civilization.
Kids who do not know the subject cannot envision a world better tomorrow than it is today–or do anything to make that world a reality.
A solid understanding of science is the heart and soul of human knowledge.
The World Without Scientific Thought…
Louis Pasteur said that there is no such thing as applied science, only the applications of science.
Science is not dry technical data irrelevant to your life.
It is daily, real-world action.
Nearly everything you use, touch, eat, drink, see, or do every day is the result of scientific thinking , which is human thought and effort applied to the betterment of human existence.
From tap water to sidewalks to the food on your table, to the vitamins you take, the light you read by at night, the toilet you flush and the door you lock—and the lock that locks it—your existence is made possible by people who applied scientific thinking and human effort to a vision of what the world could be.
Why I Teach Science
I hated the subject as a kid only because of the way it was taught. My 7th grade science teacher had a temper and when he got angry, he threw whatever he had in his hands at students. The only thing I remember from that year was how much I disliked Earth Science. But in the 8th grade I met James Bruscia, a first year teacher, who recognized my curiosity about biology and encouraged me to pursue it.
That year changed my life. I knew then that I had to become a biology teacher. The focus of my life for the next nine years was on reaching that goal.
In my first years of teaching, I was presenting the material in a way that mattered. Kids were learning how science affected their lives and what they needed to know.
But slowly state-mandated changes made their way into the classroom and now I have a curriculum that fails to teach why or how. The kids don’t have to understand the why’s or how’s. The state doesn’t care, the parents don’t care, and the kids don’t care that nobody knows meaningful science, as long as they pass the test.
But parents who teach their own kids care. And I care.
Science matters. And the way we teach science for kids matters.
And That’s Why You And I Are Here
I want to make it possible for you to teach your kid science that will make his or her life better. That will prepare your kid for the world he or she is going to inherit, that will give your kid tools to think better, create better, understand issues better, make intelligent decisions better…live as a competent member of a complex civilization.
My objective is to give you the tools, lessons, support material, resources, and community to give your child the best possible grounding in applicable science.
I want science for kids to make sense, to be relevant, and to be interesting and fun, and to that end I’ll be here to answer your questions, and to create courses and modules based on what you need your kid to know.
Use the contact link above to let me know where your kid is and where you want him or her to be.