Seed Magazine has just announced the winners of a competition that invited contestants to answer the question:
Â What does it mean to be scientifically literate in the 21st Century?
One of the winning essays, Camelot is only a model, praised the ability to know how to use models and when to discard them.
Understanding that our scientific knowledge is “only” a model is the key to true scientific literacy. Knowing this tells us that our science has built-in limitations, but that it does resemble reality in very fundamental ways. More importantly, that understanding gives us permission to use our models when they are usefulâ€”and permission to discard them when they no longer meet our needs.
How do you teach that in middle school?