Hold a National ‘Science-Free Friday’

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Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College

The aim of Science-Free Friday would be to try to spend all the waking hours in one day not using, or consuming anything that has been created by science. No illegal, dangerous or immoral acts should be committed here like walking naked in public places, or failing to take needed medications. So clothing, eating and medications should be excluded.

Every time someone successfully calls you out that what you thought was science-free is not, you pay a pledged sum to an agreed charity or good cause. If you can, at that moment, you should also look up what science is behind  the item in question. So the participation is not only in how people try to survive a science-free day but also how they question and initiate conversation with others about where science plays a part in their lives.

The point is not to succeed at the challenge. The challenge is mostly the point itself.

At the end, in schools or media, there could be a competition to write and publish a short blog on “What I learned about Science on Science-Free Friday”.

Andy Hargreaves is the Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, and Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and the First Minister of Scotland. Andy’s Outstanding Writing Awards include the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan), as well as awards from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association and the International Leadership Association. 

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