My Comment on The Economist about Problems with Scientific Research

I just posted the following comment on a good article from The Economist about How science goes wrong:

Part of the problem with science, at least in the United States, stems from our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  Science education still emphasizes the amazement of scientific results over understanding and following the philosophy  of science.  Just look at any science fair, and one can see this attitude in full evidence.  Further, our math curriculum (even with improvements from Common Core) is still geared towards the science of the cold war, with most emphasis on ideas towards calculus, instead of a focus on understanding statistics.  And of the greatest irony (and almost hypocrisy), scientific methods are not used to determine what should be taught in science or math curriculum.  Instead there is still an emphasis of eminence over evidence, such that even Common Core relied mostly on committees of select experts and educators, than to use large scale data analysis of the needs of the job market or even to look at what is needed to truly build a pathway towards teaching students the math and methodologies necessary to be scientists, including more knowledge in statistics, data science, and the philosophy of science.  If we want to have a solution to the future of science, we must start today with those students who will be our future scientists.

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