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  •  Some of this was (5+ / 0-)

    addressed by John Wilkins (as quoted by PZ Myers):

    A better, but longer term solution is to insist that education teaches not the facts, but the methods by which we understand those facts, in order that people can develop their cognitive stances appropriately.

    Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

    by democracy inaction on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:27:07 AM PST

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    •  Usually methods of understanding facts . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      . . . analysis and interpretation, is left for higher education.  And, even good training in the sciences can neglect habits of skeptical thought or even basic analysis.  It wasn't until 20 years after my graduate education that I really discovered the wonder of statistics and experimental design.

      And, I think teaching accurate, factual, information to K-12 is so very important precisely because few children reach the point of operational thinking that an education in the methods of understanding fact would require.  And in saying this I am deferring to professional educators.  I wouldn't even know where to begin in teaching that science is what science does.

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