Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Carl Sagan describes the problem of scientific illiteracy, stating his worries that humanity is in serious danger unless the scientific knowledge of the general population is improved.
1 - Class discussion: Are you 'scientifically literate?' How much trust do you put into science? Can science help us solve all of our problems? What problems can science not solve? On which points do you agree/disagree with Carl Sagan in this chapter?
2 - Report writing: Each student writes a one-page report describing the state of education in our time, and whether it is increasing or decreasing in quality.
3 - Group work and presentation: Divide the class into groups of three-four. Each group creates a five-minute presentation describing a problem that humanity needs science to help it solve, and how science can solve this problem.
4 - Brainstorming: As a class, brainstorm a list of problems that we...
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