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A.S.U. President: To Encourage Science Literacy, Fix the Universities

The best way to teach today's hyperconnected students is to get rid of the departments of geology and biology
Michael M. Crow

Nick Higgins

Every so often leaders from business, industry and government sound the alarms about the waning of U.S. scientific and technological prowess and call on academe to produce more graduates. Education leaders at the university level then point an accusatory finger at primary and secondary schools for producing marginal students and at the students themselves for having little interest in science. Yet responsibility rests largely with the universities. They, after all, educated the teachers—the same teachers who seem to have made learning math and science too much like an Olympic triathlon: an ordeal from which few stars emerge.

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