EDITORIAL

Considering Science Education

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Science  21 Mar 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5870, pp. 1589
DOI: 10.1126/science.1157518

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I consider science education to be critically important to both science and the world, and I shall frequently address this topic on this page. Let's start with a big-picture view. The scientific enterprise has greatly advanced our understanding of the natural world and has thereby enabled the creation of countless medicines and useful devices. It has also led to behaviors that have improved lives. The public appreciates these practical benefits of science, and science and scientists are generally respected, even by those who are not familiar with how science works or what exactly it has discovered.