According to a report in the Guardian, planned reforms in the British national science curriculum include that “children will be encouraged to learn science by studying nature, and schools will be expected to place less emphasis on teaching scientific method.”
Less focus on the scientific method. You have got to be kidding!
The report goes on to say that “There will be less of a focus on doing experiments. Instead, children will be taught to observe their surroundings and learn how scientists have classified the natural world.”
So, in essence they want to teach children that science is a series of facts, rather than a process of investigation. Sigh.
It seems to me that this is just an excuse to save money on science equipment. Instead of doing experiments children will be sent off to observe their (cost free) surroundings. The long term effects of this ill considered redesign of science teaching does not bode well for the UK. I certainly hope our government never considers changing our curriculum to embrace an approach to science that scientists and science educators have been arguing against for decades.