A science classroom should reflect the real world for students. In the real world they are surrounded by science, in their bodily well-being, in the wonders of the natural world, and in the technology that permeates almost everything they do.
The message sent to students by forcing science teachers to teach from a movable cart (“A need for room,” Metro, April 3) is that science is something that is done 20 minutes a day, if that, and not something that is fundamental to their education and to their lives.
This move is just another example of saying one thing — that education in science, technology, engineering, and math is vital to the global economy — and doing the complete opposite.
It represents another step in reinforcing a science-illiterate society in America that is ill prepared for life in the 21st century.
Meals on wheels may nourish the body, but science on wheels will deprive our children of the skills and intellectual nourishment they need for life.
The writer is a senior research scientist at Education Development Center.