The End of a Practical Education?

When I was at school, I know my love of science was greatly improved by the fact my school was well equipped for practical sessions; I don’t know if I would have been so keen or interested in the subjects if this hadn’t such an integrated part of the teaching.

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So when I stumbled upon this article in the BBC, it saddened me that not everyone is getting the same opportunities when it comes to practical science. The funding per pupil in states schools for practical work is as low as 4p per pupil compared with the highest private school which is £83.21. This massive gap in funding shows why many university places are being taken up by private school students as they are given the opportunity of a better and more diverse science education.

The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) has said that children will only develop an interest in science if they are given an opportunity for practical work, and in the current system the supply is only a fraction of the demand. Many young children struggle to be engaged with science but by practically applying scientific concepts to real life makes it much easier for people to grasp.

The funding for arts degrees at universities has been particularly effected in the government cuts. But if they want to promote science degrees, why are they cutting the funding in the very place that sparks a child’s interest in science?

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