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The Importance of Science
Volume 42, Program 11
12/30/2002
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Do you sometimes struggle with teaching your kids science? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith talks with Dr. Arthur Robinson, who gives his advice on what homeschooling parents should be thinking about when they teach science.

    Mike:

    This week, I'm joined by Dr. Arthur Robinson, biochemist, President of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, and author of the well-known Robinson Curriculum. Dr. Robinson, tell us why you think it's important for homeschoolers to have a strong science background in their curriculum?

    Dr. Robinson:

    Well, firstly, because science is so important in the world today. Science underlies the technology and engineering and most of the things that, one way or another, affect our modern life. But more importantly for the homeschooler, mathematics and science are an excellent way of learning to think. In the old days, centuries ago, scholars studied primarily the classics and the humanities. The idea was to train their minds to be able to think. And they studied the most complicated or most rigorous things known at their time. However, today we have mathematics and science, which are rigorous, are true, and serve as an excellent medium to train any human mind, regardless of what he plans to do in life. So, science is something that people should know about, but it also serves as an excellent way of training a child's mind, regardless of what he plans to pursue in life.

    Mike:

    Well, thank you, Dr. Robinson. Please join us again tomorrow as we talk more about science and homeschooling.

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