If graduate students were given the opportunity to educate younger students in science, both the students and the graduates would come away with benefits.
It is no secret that the U.S. spends more money per K-12 pupil than most other countries, yet American students consistently rank in the middle of the pack against their peers. In the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, measured against their counterparts in 34 developed nations, U.S. students ranked 27th in mathematics and 20th in science.
Americans can and must do better if we want to maintain our edge in scientific research and technological innovation. We believe that a radically innovative approach to early science education could boost international test scores. And the best part is that it is fun and wouldn’t cost any additional money.