Aug
22
2006

StarTribune editorial on making science less booooring

Science is boring?  Wha wha?
Science is boring? Wha wha?

Do you think science is boring? Then we aren't doing our jobs right. True science nerds love this way of looking at the world because its exciting and answers our questions. I think I can easily say there is nothing boring about it. An editorial in today's StarTribune points out that educators aren't doing a good job at communicating that. If there's nothing boring about science, then it just might have something to do with how we are presenting it.

So really, do you think science is boring? If so why? If not why?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

How can science be boring? Science is EVERYTHING!

posted on Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:13am
Kat's picture
Kat says:

I feel that science can be boring. It really depends on who is teaching. Science may be the future, but are there things science should not explore.

posted on Tue, 08/22/2006 - 2:04pm
Allison's picture
Allison says:

i totally agree with kat!!!

posted on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 3:20pm
Ghidewon Arefe's picture
Ghidewon Arefe says:

I don't think that science is boring at all, but I do think it can be boring if not taught properly. The same is true with any subject. Making a connection between natural phenomena and everyday objects is a great way to engage scientific thinking. I look at the science behind everything around me, from flying in an airplane to understanding rap lyrics. I'm convinced Jay-Z is a scientist. Think about it....

And who doesn't love a cool demonstration. Mentos + Diet Coke, does it get any better than that? If it does, please let me know.

posted on Tue, 08/22/2006 - 5:29pm
Megan's picture
Megan says:

Its true that some science teachers these days make science boring. Who hasn't come across a science teacher that lectured all day everday as their students rapidly scribbled down notes?

The fact that there are boring science teachers out there is part of my motivation for becoming a science teacher. In my future classroom, I plan to use plenty of hands-on science activities. If kids can really "do" science, they will have more fun and even learn more. Hands-on activities are not boring and they have even been proven to be highly effective in promoting student learning in the sciences.

I think every science teacher should be using fun hands-on activities and intergrating cool demonstrations (such as the mentos and diet coke) into their lessons. Then students would have no reason to think that science is boring.

posted on Sun, 08/27/2006 - 8:32pm
shanai's picture
shanai says:

This is a tough question, because a lot of times I think science IS really boring, especially when it's taught as a subject rather than as a creative way of seeing and even changing the world. Sure science answers questions, but not everyone gets to ask those questions, and I think (especially for those of us who are in a position where we are allowed, if not expected, to be critical of "our world" ) it's easy to forget what it's like to be a kid for whom curiosity is a luxury, and for whom the questions science might answer are different ones--questions that are probably not being asked by their school teachers, or for that matter, by their science museums.

I hated science when I was in school, and not because my teachers were boring or because we didn't do hands on activities. Even when I had good (i.e. not boring) teachers I hated the approach they took, which was always something like: Here is what we know about how things work. Here is how we know it. Now you try it, and if we get the same answer, than you did it right.

Boring!

At the same time, I loved learning about people who discovered things, and about the moments when they figured something out that no one else had known, and especially when they were right and had to change other people's minds. More than that I loved learning why they cared in the first place, what they looking for, and ultimately how their discoveries changed the world.

If I'd had better teachers, they might have pointed out that it is possible to read those same kinds of stories in the newspaper everyday, and that with the help of (boring, dreadful) science class we would be better able to understand, comment on, and maybe even change the course of those stories by asking new and different questions. Shanai

posted on Mon, 08/28/2006 - 1:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Its just boring

posted on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 9:20pm
Allie's picture
Allie says:

i think its boring no matter what

posted on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 3:56pm
DP's picture
DP says:

I think science is fun. It is my favorite subject in school.

posted on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 4:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My science teacher lectures alot and its physically impossible to stay awake through them. Also, she has this extremely strong southern accent that is sometimes hard to understand. She has made me not like science.

posted on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 7:47pm

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