We believe that the science program of Wexford should strive to help meet the needs of all students. We should prepare individuals to use science for improving their lives and coping with an increasingly technological society. We should attempt to produce informed citizens who are prepared to deal responsibly with science related social issues. We should make students aware of the nature and scope of a wide variety of science and technology-related careers. For those students who aspire to scientific careers, we should provide the knowledge appropriate to their needs.
In order to fulfill these needs, we must attempt to revive and sustain in our students the young child's enthusiastic curiosity about his/her environment. Science is experimental by nature and inherently involves experimentation in the classroom.
As educators, we must produce scientific literacy in students that goes beyond the regurgitation of facts, figures, and word meanings. Our students must understand the process of scientific discovery and its effects on society. A successful science program should insure that all students see the need for competency in science and understand that science is a tool for solving everyday problems.
Specifically, we believe that the science program should develop in students the following:
- An ability to think in a manner which is logical, critical, creative, and independent.
- An ability to observe natural phenomena objectively and draw conclusions from these observations.
- An understanding of the process of science and its use as a tool to help solve personal and societal problems.
- An understanding and appreciation of our limited natural environment and a concern for its protection and future.
- An appreciation of the beauty and grandeur inherent in the order of the universe.
- A comprehensive scientific background necessary to function in a rational and intelligent manner.
- A realization that science is not only a body of knowledge and understanding but is also a search for knowledge.
- An ability to integrate science, technology, and society.
- An understanding of the interdependence of science with mathematics and the humanities.
- The realization that in order to become life-long learners and make meaningful contributions to society, they must not only learn and understand science but also must do science.