Science & Education

, Volume 23, Issue 9, pp 1875–1877 | Cite as

The Neglected Mandate: Teaching Science as Part of Our Culture

  • Gerald Holton

I have been asked to introduce for your consideration a matter which is as urgent as the time given to me here is brief. I do so gladly, chiefly for two reasons:

One is that by experiment on a national and international scale it has been proven that teaching science with the inclusion of a measure of history and philosophy can be done, with success, even though with much labor.

The other reason is that this way of improving science teaching is urgently needed just now. For let us be frank here: While we all know exemplary cases of fine science teaching, the results on average in this country are abysmal, by national and international comparisons. You all know the facts. For our profession as educators, this is a deeply sobering matter. Moreover, it is coming just at the time in history when, on many measures, the U.S. lags far behind those of many of our ambitious and well-organized foreign opponents—regarding the knowledge of science by students and the wider public, even regarding...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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