An understanding of sciences makes it possible for everyone to share in the richness and excitement of comprehending the natural and humanistic world. Scientific literacy enables people to use scientific principles and processes in making personal decisions and to participate in discussions of scientific issues that affect society. In addition to developing skills and a knowledge base for inquiry, students must be given the opportunity to observe, practice, and reflect on science.
In a world filled with the products of scientific inquiry, scientific literacy has become a necessity for everyone. Everyone needs to use scientific information to make choices that arise every day. Everyone needs to be able to engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about important issues that involve science and technology. And everyone deserves to share in the excitement and personal fulfillment that can come from understanding and learning about the natural world.