It raises important questions about the position of science in society. I recommend it to anyone interested in how science is perceived in our society, and particularly for those advocating for science instruction and literacy in our public school system.
One sentence that resonates this morning is, “Would I prefer a society where people expose their ideas to criticism, or where they hide them away so nobody can tell them that they are wrong?“.
In our work with open learning, we often hear that education leaders are afraid to openly share their learning – to be “lead learners” – because it will expose what they don’t know.
Schooling promotes this thinking – that it is better to hide your ignorance. It is very challenging to shift people who excelled in school – many who then entered schooling as a profession – into believing that it is better to share ideas than to hide them.
How do we create the conditions in our public education system that encourage leaders to be learners, and to openly share their learning with others?
If we want “innovation”, we need to embrace ideas.
The only way to have great ideas, is to have a lot of ideas.
If our school culture values ‘being right’ more than it values learning, we can’t be innovative.
Are we All Scientific Experts Now? (by Harry Collins)
Ideas with Paul Kennedy: Knowledge and Democracy