General Interest Article
It is the contention of this paper that facts of science (natural science) are being taught superlatively well by science teachers, but that the spirit of science - the logic and philosophy of science, science as an intellectual pursuit - tends to evade the domain of the science teacher. Furthermore, it is this failure to inculcate in the student this spirit of science - the scientific mentality - that accounts for some of the gravest ills in our society. If it is true that most of society's problems are man-made (and it can be shown without difficulty that they are man-made; that they are not natural phenomena; and that social problems such as war, juvenile delinquency, adult crime, race tensions, are not inevitable), it should follow that that which man has done he can undo or that which he has failed to do and cope with, he can learn to do.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1949 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Gittler, Joseph B.
"The Social Responsibility of the Teacher of Science,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 56(1), 79-82.
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