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The Scientific Method, Part 2

In science classes, children are told to use the scientific method to investigate areas in which they wish more knowledge. What children are not told is that the scientific method is woefully inadequate in a number of ways. For example:

It is for these and many other reasons that we propose the following text, which should be read to all science classes on the first day of instruction:

Academic Standards require science students to learn about the scientific method and eventually to take a standardized test of which the scientific method is a part.

Because the scientific method is a method, it is just one way of doing things. The method is not the only method of gaining knowledge. There are areas of knowledge for which the scientific method is not useful or gives results that are uncomfortable. A method is defined as a well-tested series of steps for accomplishing a task.

Pure faith is a means of gaining knowledge that differs from the scientific method. The reference book, Of Knowledge from Nothingness, is available in the library along with other resources for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what learning without doing anything actually involves.

With respect to any commonly accepted course of action, students are encouraged to keep an open mind. The school trusts that if scientists all jumped off of a bridge students would not follow them, but we leave the subject of how closely scientists should be followed in other areas to individual students and their families.

Because Academic Standards are very important to our school's statistics, we ask that you use actual book learning and not faith when taking standardized tests.