<P>A FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGE IN GLOBAL SCIENCE EDUCATION :K\\LVLWVRGL?FXOWWRVXSSRUWDQGHQFRXUDJH\\RXQJVFLHQWLVWVWR pursue curiosity-driven science? We are all born with the senses to learn. On this beautiful planet of ours, we are also born with the right to learn. As toddlers, we touch, feel, and taste this world, and our senses teach us what this world is made of. A young child is the SLQQDFOHRIDFXULRXVKXPDQEHLQJDQGLQHVVHQFHGH?QHVZKDWLW means to be curious. So what do we have to do to stay curious? As the current society stands, not all of us are lucky enough to keep this sense of wonder throughout our life span and especially are not given the permission to practice curiosity throughout our life. It is almost as LIZHZLSHWKLVVHQVHRIDVNLQJTXHVWLRQVDQGHSORUDWLRQVULJKWIURP the hands of young explorers. One must wonder, maybe curiosity is not valued enough in our current society, including our educational, VFLHQWL?FDQGQRQVFLHQWL?FHVWDEOLVKPHQWV0LJKWWKLVGHWHUXVIURP pursuing a lifestyle that keeps this subtle sense alive in all of us? This challenge takes the worst form when it comes to science education ?HVSHFLDOO\\LQDJOREDOFRQWHWZKHUHWKHDFFHVVWRUHVRXUFHVWLPHDQG attention by teachers is lacking, and the competition to succeed (and VXFFHHGDVTXLFNO\\DVSRVVLEOH DWDQHDUO\\DJHXVLQJWKHHVWDEOLVKHG and standardized testing norms is so stringent and strict. If we do not give our young scientists room for error, we might never be able to teach them what it means to do science. Any scientist can attest that the feeling of being lost, in a cloud of ideas that are confusing and FRQWUDGLFWRU\\LVWKHPRVWLPSRUWDQWPRPHQWLQDVFLHQWL?FGLVFRYHU\\ When might this critical lesson be taught to our young scientists? :KLOHFRQWHPSODWLQJWKLVTXHVWLRQZHPXVWUHPHPEHUWKHQHW generation of scientists is the one that will be solving the unforeseen problems our planet will face in the near future. )LUVWOHWXVWDNHDVWHSEDFNDQGPDNHDTXLFNDVVHVVPHQWRIWKH global state of science education. If I was to do a rough back-of-the- envelope calculation, we have approximately two billion kids on our SODQHW EHORZWKHDJHRI WKLVGHFDGH7KDWLVDORWRI\\RXQJOHDUQHUV who are eager and waiting to absorb the fruits of science. Now, that is the good news. But do we have the global human resources or infrastructure to introduce science in a hands-on manner to this global community? Absolutely not. The condition is so desperate that developed countries have struggled to gather resources during this critical period of development for a child. 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