Today I participated in a live streamed symposium of maths and science education It was chaired by ABC Catalyst presenter Graham Phillips and featuring Chief Scientist Ian Chubb, government advisers, academics, students and authors.
There were a number of interesting remarks and observations made by the learned panel. One major point was the fact that particularly primary school aged kids have a passion for science, yet, science is not a major part in the primary curriculum. The aspect of maths phobia among teachers and kids was raised, and if the teachers have the phobia they are often influencing the kids in that regard. At University the fewer number of students who have chosen to take the less popular choice of science should be encouraged. The curriculum needs to be fresh and entertaining, and one academic made the point of being online and accessible, but recognized the cost to do this, which will pay off over time. The notion of “citizens of science” needs to be fostered. An active twitter stream can be viewed via #MathsSciEd