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Teaching Science and Science Teachers in Afghanistan

May 13th, 2011

Rita J. King has a new article up on the Science House website about a fascinating talk by teacher, scientist, educator and teacher-trainer Marianne O’Grady who works in Aghanistan teaching science education to Afghan Science Teachers and administrators. It's an insider's account into a part and culture of the world that is not well understood by the the U.S.
“After the Koran,” O’Grady said, “science is the single most important body of knowledge that people in Afghanistan want. They need more content. They want more labs. In the United States there’s a conflict between religion and science, but there’s no conflict between Islam and science. The Koran talks a lot about science, and it’s just not a bone of contention as it is in the U.S.”
With seven million children in school (and another estimated 40 percent of the nation’s children not in school) the distribution of students is 40 percent girls and 60 percent boys. Afghanistan’s 171,000 teachers are divided along similar gender lines. 79 percent of those teachers aren’t trained, instead they’re often just students who complete a grade level just to turn around immediately and teach it.

[Science House: Teaching Teachers in Afghanistan, by Rita J. King]

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