Science should be taught like art or music: grab a test tube and have a go (OPINION) by Tom McLeish

Science is not just for boffins. If we can get our minds around football statistics, we can handle scientific enquiry – starting in primary school.

Science is not just the brainy preserve of the stereotypical boffins you see on TV. In an interview last week, the head of the British Science Association, Katherine Mathieson, said this formal public image was not helpful and that we need to see more of the everyday people involved in science. She called for this everyday approach to science to extend to teaching, with creative experiments involving “genuine open-ended research by pupils, rather than fiddling around with beakers”.

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