This essay serves as a reminder of the value of science and research to parents, educators, governments, and all of us as the school year is almost ended. Numerous scientific breakthroughs have been made, including the development of biosensors, the ability to freeze embryos, the Kyoto Protocol, amnesia treatments, and the ability to stunt the growth of children with severe disabilities, to name just a few. Of course, if you look at these and many other scientific and technological achievements, you’ll see that practically all of them were developed in the labs of prestigious colleges around the world. Additionally, if you look at these developments, you’ll see that those colleges have obtained research funds from prestigious government agencies and businesses that are keen to get these researchers in order to improve economically.
If research were not a primary focus of most university curricula, these discoveries and advances in knowledge would not have been possible; this is the only factor we consider when vetting an institution for our children. In our region of the world, research is completely absent from all classes, yet in other regions, students as young as 8 or 9 begin researching certain topics in libraries, online, and other sources.
When I looked at the number of high school graduates and their areas of study in our region of the world, I found that very few had majored in science, and even fewer boys had chosen science as a discipline. Who will be the next Albert Einstein? It is our duty as academics, the government, and businesses to start addressing the dearth of science and research in our educational system.
It’s true that a lot of new initiatives have been made in the Gulf region to develop biotechnology and marine centers, but I don’t see any connections between these centers and the Gulf schools; we don’t take the students there to learn about them. Since many of us now subscribe to the audio/visual theory of learning, kids may be inspired to enroll in college and pursue a scientific specialization if they can see for themselves what they will be doing in the future if they choose to major in science. But we waste pupils’ learning time by taking them to amusement parks and shopping malls.
Governments should support research with even more funding; otherwise, it will take 500 light-years to catch up to developed nations. Remember that the Arab world only invests 0.0002 percent of its GDP in research. You may look up the gap in spending in the western world on Google.