Archive | October, 2015

Striving for Improved Science Literacy

7 Oct
Science literacy is becoming increasingly important in this technologically-driven world.

Science literacy is becoming increasingly important in this technologically-driven world.

The United States has aimed to improve science literacy for years — decades, even.

It goes back at least to the days following the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik, the first manmade satellite to orbit the Earth. That event certainly propelled the United States into action. A dozen years later, of course, the U.S. became the first country to land a man on the Moon.

As Southern prepares for its Oct. 16 ribbon-cutting of a state-of-the-art science building — designed to bolster science education in Connecticut — this seemed like a good time to take a look at the importance of science literacy, why the United States has fallen behind other countries, and what can be done to improve the situation.

Today, we look back at a Sept. 16, 2013, post in Wise Words.

Susan Cusato, who was then chairwoman of the university’s Science Education and Environmental Studies Department, offers some insights in the post.

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