Museums Provide Fun Learning Opportunities for Children

on May 3, 2008

AP: “Museums Make Science Education Fun for Kids” An Associated Press article describes an upcoming National Academies report that will detail how science is learned in informal settings—museums, zoos, and aquariums—and, consequently, how such venues can better educate children.

The Associated Press’s Malcolm Ritter writes, “The report comes as experts bemoan a lack of scientific education and literacy among Americans” and suggests that Americans are struggling to “grasp complex public issues like stem cell research.”

Ritter’s story includes comments from the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, Gerry Wheeler, who says of museums, “They’re very useful . . . a valuable resource for making nature real to the young, hungry mind.” Ritter later adds, “[M]uch of the value of museums is about sparking interest and motivation toward science . . . kids may get hooked on dinosaurs or outer space at a museum, and then go study up on their own.”

We at Answers in Genesis agree that science education is vital.

We at Answers in Genesis agree that science education is vital, and we also recognize the impact museums have on people’s minds—young minds, especially. Sadly, the overwhelming majority of science and natural history museums contain some form of evolutionary/anti-biblical indoctrination somewhere. Even a museum that does not mention Darwinian evolution may talk about the age of the earth or the origin of the solar system, and human history museums stretch a few thousand years of human data into tens of thousands of years or more.

Our goal at Answers in Genesis has never been to censor such information, but rather to demonstrate how the true history given in the Bible—including natural history and human history—explains origins and can give rise to just as much interest in science and engineering or more. When children understand that nature all around them is God’s creation that has been corrupted by sin, and when youth recognize that evolution cannot account for the incredible designs we see, they are prompted to learn and explore. Furthermore, they become equipped with the tools they need to understand the problems in molecules-to-man evolution and other secular origins stories.

Don’t ignore the effect field trips to science museums can have on your child’s mind. Augment their interest in science and be sure to tell them “the rest of the story”—the Bible’s story that they almost surely won’t hear in a public school science class. We have an entire section of our website filled with free education resources, and we encourage anyone who is able to bring their children and visit our high-tech Creation Museum near Cincinnati. We’re confident you and your children will walk away with an even stronger interest in learning about God’s creation!

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