Shechtman: Education is failing our future scientists

Israel's newest Nobel Prize winner says today's children aren't prepared to learn science in universities; advocates higher salaries for teachers.

By BENJAMIN SPIER
October 11, 2011 16:47
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dan shechtman. (photo credit: benjamin spier)

 
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Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman is not happy. The recently announced winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry thinks that the Israeli education system is failing at securing the next generation of scientists.

At a press conference earlier this week with foreign journalists, Shechtman advocated higher salaries for teachers. He complained that Israeli teachers don’t earn enough to support a family.

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Shechtman is the tenth Israeli to win a Nobel Prize, the fourth in the chemistry category. He said that so many Israelis are awarded the prize because they are free thinkers.

Shechtman told reporters that he plans on mainly using the money to pay for his grandchildren’s education.

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