How to beat the next pandemic? Start educating kids now.

“A more scientifically literate citizen is the goal,” said Kelley Le, a former high school science teacher who now directs the UCI Science Project, an educational research group that supports teachers in effectively teaching the sciences. … “It’s got to be cognitively demanding,” said [Doron] Zinger, who directs the [UCI] CalTeach program, which prepares college students to teach the sciences. Memorizing things to pass required tests doesn’t cut it, he said. … There should be opportunities for students to understand why something is important, explained UC Irvine’s Le.