MT Lawley research assistant Jesse Fleay will present a talk at the Fogarty Forum at UWA on November 30 on why he thinks science should replace religion in education.
Based at Edith Cowan University’s Indigenous Education and Research Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre, Mr Fleay said he hoped the talk would demonstrate the role of culture in learning.
“We don’t know why we are here, but science is working on it and we can be a part of the journey,” he said.
“Many subjects such as physics, chemistry and biology are all linked to the higher-order principles of cosmology.
“Understanding that some things are more probable than others is important, because we become more rational people when we accept that some explanations are far less likely than others.”
Mr Fleay said the question was no longer about why Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders were disinterested in a traditional western curriculum.
“We know why students are disinterested,” he said.
“Anyone at the coalface of education in our schools can tell you.
“A lot of people, including Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders, feel alienated by western society.”
The free event, supported by the Fogarty Foundation, provides an opportunity for students to present their education-related research, regardless of their stage in the research process, and to share their ideas with other students in a supportive and stimulating environment.
WHAT: The Fogarty Forum
WHEN: November 30