Let every child explore science for themselves
Sir Anthony Seldon, Historian and educationalist
Practical experiments are when science comes alive, feeding curiosity and encouraging active enquiry and learning (as opposed to passive rote-learning).
Yet practicals can only take place in school laboratories at fixed times and within a very restricted health and safety and financial framework. As a result, experiments can all too often be laborious and predictable.
Online experiments where the school students make the decisions opens up an unimaginable world to the young, where they themselves can be the driver in experiments beyond the imagination, which could never take place in any school laboratory. It would convert many currently switched off by science onto the delights of science; and it would give those already interested in science far more satisfying and profound stimulation. We can achieve this by giving them free access to websites such as ‘Labster’ that offer quality scientific experiments online for young people of all ages.
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalist, commentator and political author.
He was head of Brighton College and of Wellington College, two of Britain’s leading independent schools. He is author of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, politics and education, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, chair of the National Comment Awards, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, and a governor of The Royal Shakespeare Company.