Science needs an image overhaul to attract more school students
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My year 10 daughter is thinking about her subjects for the HSC right now. They have their information evening this week. This event made me recall two years ago when her older sister approached the same important decision-making time and asked me with a very concerned look on her face, "Mum, how would you feel if I didn't choose a science?" I felt her pain. She knew I was a year into a doctorate looking at encouraging more students to choose science at school. Here I was with my first in-house test subject turning from the educational path I found most valuable in my life. I didn't stay in science, in fact I went from biochemistry to finance and marketing, and then to teaching but science was the way of thinking that made me who I am. I love it and that's what inspired me to devote three years of my life to working out why almost half of year 10 students now reject science.
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