I think the best way to get this point across is to demonstrate to people in your class that, yes, this is a science test.
The problem is, the students don’t get that instruction.
They’re taught that if they fail it, they have to be tested.
This is not a science experiment.
This isn’t a test.
This test is supposed to show how well you understand physics.
But that’s not what happens.
Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate that they understand physics, but instead of learning about physics, they learn about “social studies.”
When I’m teaching a class on the origins of language, I tell them that when they finish the science test, they’ll be given the choice to take a test that asks them to write about a specific language.
The test will ask them to name a specific person, a specific object, a particular place, and a certain word.
They’ll be asked to choose one, and the teacher will then tell them what language they need to write.
The student will have to write the name of the person, place, or object, and that person or object will be named in the middle of the English word for the language.
This is how the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) teaches science.
If you are interested in learning more about the National Academy of Sciences Education Program, see our articles on NASEM and its work on the development of NASEM’s teaching materials, and NASEM-funded science and math textbooks.