Even the best students might not be very clear on ‘science’

12 Jul

I’ve just come across this great video that demonstrates scary levels of misunderstanding of very basic science. I’m wondering if by showing students how poor their science knowledge is we might be able to prompt them into action

So, if you ask Harvard graduates (regularly listed as the world’s best university) to explain the cause of the change of seasons  they produce very poor results. Seems like there is that makings of a very nice in-class demonstration of poor science understanding here. I suspect school kids are all taught the ‘real’ cause of the change of seasons so it will be interesting to see how many 1st year undergraduate students actually know. I shall try this out in October, and report back !! ( Slightly worried that the results may be depressing)

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