Science literacy? What is it? Why is it important?
Let’s take the second question first. Science literacy is important because many of the economic, political and even social challenges we face are based on issues grounded in science. Every functional citizen, every adult, and certainly every college graduate, should possess a working understanding of basic science.
As for what that working knowledge should include, that’s a harder question. Not surprisingly, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has has given the matter some thought. Their Project 2061 – Science Literacy for All Americans has produced a wealth of resources to help educators, parents, and students answer the question of what science literacy should include.