Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate?
The article Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? provides students with discussion and other activities about how science literacy will help them:
- understand issues that you come across daily in news stories and government debates
- appreciate how the natural laws of science influence your life
- gain perspective on the intellectual climate of our time
The article provides both professional development ideas on best practices about how to improve science literacy in the classroom and suggestions for teaching activities that are suitable for middle high school students.
Why should we care whether our citizens are scientifically literate? Why should you care about your own understanding of science? Three different arguments might convince you why it is important:
- from civics
- from aesthetics
- from intellectual coherence
Context for Use
The student activities provided in the accompanying links and a lesson written specifically for the article vary in length and scope.
Description and Teaching Materials
- The article Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? for professional development as well as student discussion
- The accompanying lesson, Why? for student activities (handout 1 for middle schools, handout 2 for high school students)