“Wonder is the seed of knowledge”
– Francis Bacon
In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:
Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Sir Francis Bacon and the scientific method.
“Knowledge itself is power,” the 17th-century English philosopher and statesman Sir Francis Bacon famously wrote. These days, it’s important for us to remember Bacon, not just because Thomas Jefferson ranked him among the three most important thinkers who ever lived, but because this year marks the 400th anniversary of Bacon’s great book, the New Organon. Here, Bacon explained the scientific method of inductive reasoning that serves as the foundation on which all modern science, medicine, and even constitutionalism is supposed to be based. In a very real sense, we’re all the heirs and beneficiaries of Sir Francis Bacon’s ideas. Yet, few policymakers, adults in K-12 education, and far fewer high school students know who Sir Francis Bacon was. To help remedy that, we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren, including: