Getting the Big Picture

I’ve just read an interesting blog post about engagement in maths education and teaching students the ‘big ideas’, helping them to see the overall story of maths (or the history of maths).

I think this is an excellent idea and could potentially change what is for some an abstract, irrelevant subject into an exciting story of human endeavour.

In fact, wouldn’t this be good for science education too?  Recently I’ve become aware of the Big History Project (BHP) that attempts to do just that for science, using the major milestones in the development of the universe, earth and humanity to teach content.  For me, one of the most exciting parts of this is how the BHP connects science to other subjects – such as history, geography and anthropology – that is doesn’t normally connect with in schools.

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