The Science Council of Japan has recommended that "Science Basics (tentative name)" be newly established as a compulsory subject for high school science and that it be a compulsory subject for the National Center Test for University Admissions.In the current high school science education, there is a sense of crisis that it is not possible to build logic based on facts and acquire an empirical attitude that leads to judgment, so at least 6 credits, preferably 8 credits should be allocated.
The recommendations were compiled by the Science Council of Japan Scientist Committee's Science and Social Committee Joint Public Relations and Scientific Ability Promotion Subcommittee.According to it, the newly established "Science Basics" aims to cultivate scientific literacy (* 1) for living in modern society, and is a compulsory subject in the first year of high school.
However, it is difficult to introduce such cross-disciplinary comprehensive subjects at once, and at first, four subjects, "Chemistry Basics", "Physics Basics", "Biological Basics", and "Earth Science Basics", are compulsory. We are looking for a new introduction.Furthermore, in order to promote classes in these subjects, it is necessary to review the training of teachers, and there is an urgent need to establish a training system for human resources who can comprehensively educate the basic subjects of high school science.
The current course of study, which has been implemented since 2012, is "Science and Human Life" (2 credits), "Chemistry Basics", "Physical Basics", "Biological Basics", "Geological Basics" (2 credits each), " Divided into each subject of "Chemistry", "Physics", "Biology", "Geography" (4 credits each), "Science subject research" (1 credit), 3 basic subjects total 6 credits or "Science and human life" and basics A total of 1 credits per subject is required.
However, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that despite the fact that Japanese students' scientific abilities are at the top level internationally when they graduate from junior high school, the general public's interest in scientific literacy and science is quite low. He said that education should be reconsidered.
* 1 Literacy Ability to extract and utilize necessary information from given materials
reference:[Science Council of Japan] Recommendation "Future High School Science Education" (PDF)