We educators take this incredibly exotic jungle of knowledge called science and distil it until all the wonder has been removed and we are left with nothing but a heap of dry shavings. We then pour this into our syllabus and textbooks and make our students learn it off by heart so that it can all get vomited back up come exam time.
And then we wonder why so many young people don’t like science.
I would like to attribute that to somebody famous, but I can’t, ‘cos it’s mine. Which brings me to my apology.
I would like to apologise to students of secondary-school science everywhere – past, present and future, for having to put you through this process.
I would like to apologise for being a little cog in this horrible machine.
I would like to apologise for doing so little to change this, or even to raise it as an issue before now.
In my own little way I will do what I can to repair some of the damage, and show what science is like when the wonder is put back in.