Science & Technology

Science offers students an exciting future

By Kingsley Gifford
Frank Roberts Intermediate
Foxtrap, Newfoundland

 It is important for Canada to know how well students are doing in science. By knowing this, the government can determine if they need to upgrade or improve the course. Some aspects may be out-of-date. In science there are many new discoveries and advancements being made every day. Proper supplies, including sufficient materials, lab equipment and audio/visual resources, need to be made available to all students. It is useless to study material that is obsolete. If the world today is dealing with space exploration and computer technology, there is no point teaching anything less. The Canadian government can find out if students are being taught the necessary elements of science to prepare them for future jobs in science not past jobs.

The government needs to find out in which areas of science students are doing well and why. Students may be doing extremely well in chemistry, for example. The government then may discover that chemistry is relatively easy compared to the other sections of science. If a certain section is not challenging enough for students, they may not do well in that area when it gets harder in university or college. Also, students may not be doing well in a certain area of science. If this is because the area is difficult to understand the government could look into making that area more comprehensible. Or maybe the science course is not being taught by a qualified teacher.

By knowing how well students are doing in science, the government can determine if they need to allow more time for science. Are classes able to complete the assigned workload by year end? Also, some students may seem to need more class time for the teacher to explain the material. Students need to be taught all about science, not just specific parts. Science is the way of the future and is here to stay. Canadian students need to be prepared.

Science is not only fun, but also important for a career in the international job market. Science is the "systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation". The hands-on observing and the experimenting part of science is really fun and truly enjoyable. You can get involved and see results and/or progress as you complete your experiment. Discovering new things in your field can be very exciting. Some jobs in science can be fun. Being a consumer products tester and smashing television screens and appliances can be very enthralling!

Most jobs in the modem world need some form of science. Science has become the backbone of our society. Science links our rapidly shrinking planet together with phones, taxes, electronic mail and communication satellites. Today's companies use state-of-the-art equipment and need people who know how to accurately use the equipment. The companies do not want to hire someone who knows how to use a piece of equipment that is not up to date. An example would be computers. Almost every job internationally today involves the use of computers. One needs to be constantly knowledgeable of computers since they upgrade greatly over short periods of time. Science is a very competitive field and the employee has to be outstanding to maintain a steady job, since there are many other people the employer can hire.

Besides being fun, science is an essential tool in the growing international science job market.

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