Science, not silence. Join the march or join the discussion.
The March for Science is an international event in which scientists, science enthusiasts and concerned citizens plan to walk out of the lab and into the streets. Marches are planned for Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
The March for Science has its origins in recent policy changes put in place by the United States government. The focus has widened to highlight global support for the defense of science research and evidence-based policies.
Public action and the nature of science
The March for Science lends itself to classroom discussions about the nature of science, politics and the diversity of viewpoints. Things to explore could include:
Should science transcend politics, society or culture? Does it?
Will scientists and science organisations lose credibility – or appear to lack objectivity – if they participate in a politically driven event?
Does evidence prevail in socio-scientific debates?
Do scientific facts speak for themselves? Should scientists let the facts speak for themselves? How do scientists make their data accessible?
If government funding is used for research, should government policies dictate what happens to the research results?
The Hub has resources to support classroom discussions and issues raised by the March for Science. Myths of the nature of science, Tenets of the nature of science, and the student activity Ethical dilemmas in fighting infection (vaccination) are a starting point.
Further reading about the March for Science and reaction to recent US policy changes
March for Science: Mission
March for Science NZ: Mission
The Royal Society of New Zealand media release: Research cooperation cannot be put at risk.
Science article: Will they or won’t they? What science groups are saying about joining the March for Science provides thoughts from major US science organisations. The comments section also offers food for thought.