In a mere 500 years – a tiny fraction of humanity’s history – science, and the technological advances that stemmed from it, has completely transformed every part of our lives. The scale of humanity’s scientific transformation in such a short period is so immense it’s hard to grasp.
Given such incredible advancement, it’s tempting to think that science education must be in pretty good shape. Sadly, it isn’t. We could talk about falling PISA rankings, or declining STEM enrolments, or the surveys suggesting that students increasingly view science as irrelevant to their lives. But instead, and perhaps more importantly, let’s consider the world to which our students will graduate.
A world of “fake news“ and “alternative facts”.
A world where automation is rapidly and radically reshaping the workforce.
A world where science and technology is increasingly pervasive in our lives.
For our students to prosper, we must ensure they leave school confident to tackle tomorrow’s problems. Confident to participate in public discourse around the ethics of scientific issues such as artificial intelligence, vaccination or genetically modified food. Confident in their ability to think through issues for themselves using the tools science provides, and to continually learn and adapt through a multitude of careers.
Stile is rethinking STEM education in an effort to ensure students graduate as informed, reflective citizens. Citizens equipped to create a better future for themselves, and for others.