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The Scientific Spirit and the Modern Classroom

by Neil Postman - 1961

Of all the popular misconceptions that are given daily support in our schools, perhaps the most quietly destructive is the notion that science is something that is studied only in science courses. It is perfectly apparent that when contemporary educators speak of science, what they mean is the "hard sciences"—physics, biology, chemistry, etc.—and, in particular, the facts which each science claims are within its province. This prejudice has created the strong impression among students that science is specific and technical information that one learns in certain designated courses in the curriculum; that science, in short, is an isolated and specialized activity which has application only to limited areas of human experience.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 4, 1961, p. 299-299
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3209, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 5:47:46 PM

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