Our Education System Is Deteriorating When It Comes To Science

Has there ever been a time when scientists have been held in higher regard? Compared to the political class, scientists have appeared lucid, sensible and our best hope of escaping the coronavirus situation.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the lead immunologist on the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, is just one scientist who’s become a hugely revered voice in America and beyond, despite regurgitated attacks from Donald Trump, who told campaign staff in October that people are exhausted listening to Anthony Fauci and all those fools.

In the end, Anthony Fauci will continue to serve in the White House long after Donald Trump has headed back to Mar a Lago for good.

Scientists stock has soared further as well with news of three potentially transformative vaccine breakthroughs, with the first jabs being issued this week, and the response in newspapers, on social media and from the general public has been ecstatic and while politicians have been meddling, obfuscating and bickering among themselves, scientists have potentially saved the day.

Even though distracted by the internecine squabbling of frontline politics, Boris Johnson is doing his best to clutch onto the coattails of the science community and has endeavoured to use it to peddle his narrative that post-COVID and post-Brexit, Britain will lead to a scientific renaissance driven by our world-class research and development community, and we can expect more of this now that the Oxford vaccine has also come up with the goods.

Which would all be well and good if our education system was in any way geared up to provide the science world with the conveyor belt of graduates it’s going to require. Or indeed, if it was able to take advantage of the rise in interest in the scientific fields that will certainly follow these remarkable breakthroughs.

Instead, it seems that our education system is still failing the vast preponderance of children when it comes to teaching science, and we still need to go some way to reverse the fact in the last 25 years.

Forty-four per cent of UK born Nobel prize-winning scientists were educated at independent schools, which only educated 7 per cent of the UK population, and other research has revealed that only 15 per cent of scientists came from working-class families, which make up 35 per cent of the general population.

And for too long, teaching has struggled to entice enough teachers with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) qualifications into the classroom and year after year the Government fails to hit its recruitment targets for many of those subjects.

Welcome to a brave new world and indeed scientists will become our new icons – goodbye, entertainment, celebrities and it appears that there’s not enough rewards or stimuli in the scientific community in the United Kingdom for those who qualify themselves to become scientists to even stay in the United Kingdom and there are much better prospects and an even better standard of living for them abroad.

And a large brain drain of homegrown talent from the United Kingdom is unavoidable and the capacity to lure top academic and research people and accompanying funding from overseas will plunge in the restricted and overtly xenophobic environment the United Kingdom now symbolises.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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