The adage ‘the roots of education are bitter while the fruits are sweet’ never makes sense until you graduate from college with honors and all companies start looking for you. It is at these times, the immense meaning of this saying hits you and you begin to appreciate your parents, teachers, school, education programs and everything that has been part of your success. It becomes a reality what you had been taught from the onset of your school days.
However, this story is not true for everyone; there are parents and teachers who fail along the way. Parents and teachers who fail to take the education of their child with the seriousness it requires and the child ends up taking subjects that do not suit them and they are confused for life or most of it. Although school systems have improve to ensure that the child receives the best education, and they do their part to monitor the progress of the child, parent participation according to many psychologists is important.
From a very young age, science and mathematics have been ostracized for being hard and not cool. Many well-educated members of society have come up with formidable programs like the Science Education Outreach Program (SEOP), which have been designed to reach out to children in middle school. The aim of these kinds of programs is to capture their imagination and expose them to the world of science to that at this time they can decide whether it is the way to go or not. In some cases, perceptions of science have been changed or challenged to make the children inclined or have a better understanding of science.
The programs call for training scientists and enabling them to reach out to the people in the community with their newly acquired skills. Apart from this experience, it also exposes scientists whose goal is to become educationists or teachers after they are done with the training. This means that education where the program is conducted benefits and the children in the area get a new way of life in science.
Professor Eric Schiffer is part of the Yale team in this Science Education Outreach Program (SEOP) that focuses on the education of young children in science. Eric Schiffer does his part by training the members of the team that will go out to the community. As a member of Mensa, he prides himself for using his high IQ to serve the community that molded him to be who he is today.
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