Education is one of the key topic at the STS. Scientific education is lagging behind in many countries, the United States are losing grounds to China and India. A lack of scientific culture is felt as a major hurdle in solving the huge problems laying ahead, from health care to food supply. MIsguided attitude on GMOs is blocking an increase in productivity in many poor countries. Crops resting to draught, to insects are not planted because of opposition to GMOs in countries that have other form of food supply but that opposition hampers countries that desperately need them.
How can education meet the challenges ahead? Is formal and structued education the way to go or will it be supplemented, displaced by new individual forms of learning?
Is Facebook, YouTube going to replace the present education approach? Is the younger generation going to be so used to the Internet world that they will not consider, unless forced, to use today’s approaches to learning?
Is it possible to learn outside any scheme? Wouldn’t that create the problem of an education that is not sound?
Will education move to an open environment enabling education ecosystems across countries boundaries?