Life Lesson #2

Teach your kids science. Understand how science works.

See, this seems like a no-brainer. We all covered this in elementary or junior high science class, right? Maybe, but that doesn’t guarantee we were paying attention.

You see, science affects us almost every day of our lives, whether we recognize it as “science” or not.

Science teaches us things about the everyday world and allows us to make informed decisions. Humans are inherently fooled by our senses all the time. The human body, while a wonderful patchwork of tissues, cells, and organs working together, makes a  lot of bad decisions based on our senses, gut reactions, and feelings. This is where we need science to step in. This is how magicians, a lot of politicians, and “scam” artists make their living – by exploiting our senses.

What are some other reasons to teach our kids science? Well, it’s everywhere. Have you cooked something in the past week? Science. Flown in an airplane? Science. Used a computer, smart phone, television, or any other electronic device? Science. Modern agriculture, modern medicine – science. Are you watching your local weather report, listening to the meterologist tell you what will happen in the next 7 days? Science. Try to imagine a hurricane’s impact without the advance warning from meteorologists.

Science literacy is not just a thing to help your kids get ahead. In the future, the very near future, science literacy will be an absolute necessity.

Teaching our kids to think critically will help them wade through the ever-growing number of talking faces on television and the internet, such as:

This is Bill O’Reilly. He did not pay attention in science class in school.

Jim Inhofe

Jim Inhofe, one of the Senate’s biggest climate change deniers.

Yes, Bill O’Reilly, we actually can explain tides. Yes, Senator Inhofe, climate change is extremely real. Can you imagine if every politician’s claim had to be held up to the same rigorous standards that scientists do? The halls of Congress would immediately empty. Although things wouldn’t be slowed down any more than they are today if that happened.

Teaching and understand science is absolutely essential for our economy, our democracy, our culture, and our development as human beings. The failure to understand science and to pass on its importance will only hinder our future generations.

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