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My admittedly subjective impresssion is

In my humble opinion

That’s something we need to be on guard against.

A misplaced keystroke can cause much more damage than a slip of the tongue.

That’s no longer the case.

The median age at which people (walk down the aisle) has been steadily creeping up.




I am going to talk about the topic “Should there be more emphasis on the sciences in education today?”

Last century, for better or for worse, we changed our world dramatically through scientific development
and education is the future that we make.
So the quetion can be rephrased “should we continue to rely on sciences or should we find another way.” And my answer is the former.
We should put more emphasis on scientific education.

There are many reasons supporting this claim.

Firstly, as I said, science brought us both negative and positive effects,
What first comes to my mind as a negative effect is the development of weapons for war.
Science made it possible to create a weapons that can kill innumerable people in a second.
On the other hand science has also saved a lot of lives by the medical care development. Both directly through things like medicine and new ways of performing surgery and indirectly through things like hygienics and faster ways of communication.
If I compare the negative effects with the positive effects, the positive effects outweigh the negative effects.

Secondly, we cannot come go back to the era without science even if some people want to.
We must learn how to deal with today’s science.
Without scientific education we can not use science in a proper way.
Otherwise, it would only cause chaos.

Thirdly, today’s scientific education is not good enough. We don’t pay attention to the practical side of science.
For example, in physics class I learned how much energy is released when a Uranium atom is split.
But I didn’t learn how many Uranium atoms are used in an actual atom power plant, and how much energy they produce.
Similary I learned in chemistry class about chemical reactions, but I didn’t learn where the reactions happen in my life.
Perhaps there were some examples but only a few as far as I can remember.
The knowledge I learned didn’t connect to my life, it only connected to a test score.

For these reasons, I think we should put more emphasis into scientific education; not in an armchair theoretical way but in a but practical way.

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