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    MvLG - Comenius - Evaluation

    Newsletter from Germany

    Why Comenius is so important

    In modern scientific education it is not only important to learn about the different methods of research and about the subjects Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Moreover, it is essential to be able to speak and understand English – the “World-Language” as nowadays most scientific books are published in this language.

    Furthermore, as future scientists in a globalized world we’ll have to work and communicate with people from all over the globe. And this brings even more challenges: the cultural ones. We, as inhabitants of a western European industry nation, can’t just project our very own cultural traditions, values and ethics on other countries such as Eastern Europe, China or India. So it’s also important for a good scientist, besides learning scientific methods, to get the “big picture” and to develop an understanding for the impact that possible inventions and products could have for the people of a nation or even for the entire planet.

    For example, it doesn’t make sense for a responsible scientist to develop a product for a totalitarian dictator or to give a powerful invention to people who are not able to handle it responsibly. As mentioned before, responsibility is the most important thing for scientists. They always have to be aware that “knowledge is power”. In the course of this and the last century, humankind managed to develop more and more powerful technologies and inventions which were actually created for the good of humanity were unfortunately often misused as weapons. Science is not just about inventing things and discovering the truth but also about predicting the consequences of our research. And how could we do that without intercultural experience and psychological or political knowledge?

    By Heiko Schmengler
    Max-von-Laue-Gymnasium, Germany