Why Preschool Kids Aren’t Learning Science

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A new study shows that preschool teachers are vastly unprepared to teach kids science. Here’s why!

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Mark Susskind says:

If I recall my early schooling correctly, science was chiefly a field trip to a nature preserve or a public museum. There was also optional time set aside to work in a little garden. I've found one or two YT channels so far with young children going out and figuring things out for themselves. Public schools may need more of that.

potts995 says:

Interesting. One of my problems with literature or English was that the material we studied was 100% fiction. I think it would've been nice if we'd studied nonfiction, scientific textbooks, or research as well. I remember how surprised I was when I first found out that nonfiction was more than just biographies or history.

GarudaLegends says:

Once it is not fake science

RPM says:

As a school teacher I can say that curriculum expectations are a greater influence than gender in teaching science. In the school authority I work for a daily timetable is expected to have Language taught for 90 minutes, Math-60 minutes, second language-40 minutes, PE-30 minutes and the rest of the subjects including Science, Social Studies or Geography/History, Art, and music taught in the remaining 40-60 minutes per day. These time expectations are not locally developed.

In so far as young children being taught science teachers are expected to teach to the curriculum. If we have disagreements with that its too bad. Curriculum is a non-negotiable.

The concentration of effort, time and assessment of literacy and numeracy have so overtaken time other subjects were taught many teachers simply have difficulty giving them all the place they deserve and need to be learned effectively. There are ways, of course, to teach all these subjects and still cover all curriculum expectations/outcomes/goals but to do so requires lengthy and time consuming planning as well as experience.

In so far as gender is concerned the vast majority of new teachers entering the profession are female and fewer men than ever are becoming teachers. There are many reasons for that but putting that trend aside the female staff of my school are dedicated, extremely hard working and highly caring professionals whether they teach the youngest children or our schools oldest.

Sexism does exist but other factors are far greater than it in so far as teaching efficacy is concerned. But having said that it is still an issue that needs awareness and attention.

Mick7sp says:

Well according to some libtard librarian Dr. Seuss is out. smh

QuinnOMatic says:

Sexism has nothing to do with science! Science is objective! Stop making me uncomfortable! Sexism isn't a big deal! It's not a big deal! It's not a big deal aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!

shoutinghorse says:

You're still in your 30's why don't you do something worthwhile on your life and instead of making videos about science go back to college and train to be a science teacher.

jmc90213 says:

Thanks Becky Babe for clearing up why women are weak in science. That horrible sexism kicks your poor little delicate vagina's back two feet for every one foot gained.

Steve's Mathy Stuff says:

I'd be happy if the majority of graduating seniors knew the difference between astronomy and astrology. Baby steps, so to speak.

JohnnyTheWolf says:

Then again, do we really want to see the likes of Thunderf00t teach to preschoolers?

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