Science and Technology Literacy
“The discussion about scientific and technological literacy that has gone on for two decades has yielded important results, and has influenced educational systems in many countries. This blog posting, however, suggests that the benefits have not extended to the half of the world’s population who live on less than $2 dollars a day, who spend little time in schools, and who have few opportunities for continuing education. Yet their traditional and local knowledge systems need to be more fully informed by the natural and social sciences and modern technology. Poor people need often to replace harmful superstitious beliefs with more accurate and useful understanding of the natural world, society, and human-built technological systems which form their environment. Schools should do more to prepare children of the poor in poor countries for lifetime learning, including how to operate and maintain technology, how to design solutions to problems, and how to get good information. It is hoped that people will join into the discussion by adding comments to this blog posting. John Daly, Thoughts About K4D, March 20, 2007.