02 Feb '12, 7pm

Science literacy is good for society

Science literacy is good for society

There's no need for that. My area of training as a scientist is genetics. It's a huge subject and I don't always know everything going on outside my field. I try to keep up by reading journals like Scientific American. People shouldn't feel that saying "I don't know" is admitting weakness. The important thing is to look for answers. What could be better than using a puzzling question as an opportunity to teach your children how to conduct and analyze research, think critically about information, and gain new understanding? You even get to learn along with your kids. In our computer age, it's not even as time-consuming as it once was — although there's a lot to be said for direct observation, poring over an encyclopedia, or visiting the library. Some folks are too busy to help youngsters search for answers — but we can at least get them started. If you make it fun, your kid...

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