SMSC IN SCIENCE
Sometimes science and spiritual ideas do cause conflict, but in a modern society it is important to understand why these conflicts arise, so we can respect the views of others and move forward.
It is also seen more often that science is able to stand alongside the spiritual beliefs of many. This is looked at from a neutral stand point within science lessons.
Exploring the values and beliefs of others
· The use of stem cells in reproductive research and the cure for inherited diseases
· The morality of blood transfusions for some religious groups
· Genetically modified crops
· The impact of pollution on our planet
· The anti-evolution movement
Understanding human feelings and emotions
· The impact of drug misuse
· The impact of alcohol on individuals, families and society
Our understanding of science has allowed us to develop technology we couldn’t have imagined 50 years ago. Now, however, we must start deciding if we should we do all the scientific activities we are able to or morally should we decide not to. This can be as simple as should we test medicines, that could save lives of humans, on animals causing them cruelty? Moral development is a vital part of any scientist’s development.
Investigating moral values and ethical issues
· Human impact upon our planet and environment
· The ethics of human organ transplantation
· The debate on the use of alternative energy forms
Recognising right from wrong and applying it:
· The use of biotechnology
· Animal rights
Understanding the consequences of their actions
· The legal aspects of drug abuse
· The growing impact of rising obesity levels in Western Society
· The use of chemical based fertilisers on land - eutrophication.
Science is changing our society. Life expectancy is getting longer, people are driving more efficient cars, more and more people are putting solar panels on their rooftops. Our society has become dependent on scientific developments, which we could not have foreseen 50 years ago. Also our lives are likely to change significantly in the future, because of our reckless damaging activities to the environment as a human society.
Developing personal qualities and social skills
· The use of mobile phones and smart technology
· Limestone quarrying
· Listening to the viewpoints of different scientific groups and politicians
Understanding how communities and societies function
· Limestone quarrying
· Laws relating to drink driving
(How science is portrayed in the media and in the news)
Scientific development comes from all across the world, from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Some of science’s most important discoveries have come from other parts of the world and it’s important for students to understand this, as many believe that progress comes largely from the UK or America. It is also important to understand how the different cultures around the world can have different impacts on the planet and what impact more economically developed countries have on poorer areas. This will also be vital into the future as we need to monitor the impact of quickly developing cultures around the world on our environment.
Exploring, understanding and respecting diversity
· Understanding genetic variation
· Plant and animal biodiversity
· Classification and ecology
Participating in and responding to cultural activities
· Celebrating Space
· Star formation
· Big Bang Theory
· Changing ideas about the universe
Understanding and appreciating personal influences
Celebrating the role scientists have played in our society. For example the influence of: