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

Mashable, Sept. 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

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.