Science education

Life without science? Say what? The truth is, it would be difficult to imagine even a day untouched by science. Science itself is brilliant for children, in fact it is the perfect environment to encourage them to ask more questions, experiment, take calculated risks, make mistakes, celebrate success and to observe the wonder of the natural world around them.
Britain is... one of the least science-intensive economies in the G8. Our news media, despite all its past travails and improvements, still comes under fire for communicating science badly. Funding for science is an incredibly tiny proportion of total public spending.
When writing end of term reports, I often reflect on the purpose of all the testing that students must now endure. Does testing improve performance or hinder it?
The simplest and cheapest of all reforms within institutional science is to switch from the passive to the active voice in writing about science. Many people have already made this change, but some teachers in schools and universities do not realise that they and their students are free to write more naturally.
I'm as guilty as anyone else, when I was a sixth former I always used to tease people in the year below saying "oh everything they tell you in physics in YOUR YEAR is a lie", thinking with ultimate smugness that sixth form is the time when they start telling you the real stuff.
Now that we've vanquished all doubt and accepted that science is f*cking cool, let's take a moment to really appreciate the fact that for every celebrity-obsessed-teen on the TV, there is at least one science geek somewhere in the world sharing his wisdom, online, with those who crave it.
Sexism in science reinforces an outdated message. It underlines the fact that, for young women, sexist attitudes are a barrier to their involvement in science and technology.
I spend a good chunk of my working life working with companies to try to expand the opportunities for young people to gain experience of commercial science and engineering environments.
Watching 'Science: It's A Girl Thing', the video produced by the European Commission to encourage schoolgirls to take up further study in science, engineering and technology, took me back to the bad old days of teenage science.