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Another potential argument

Another potential argument for favoring teachers with more experience participating in the scientific community is that they are privileged to tell students about science. They are able to provide a preview of coming attractions to scientific activities. These people are best equipped to encourage students to pursue formal science further.

However, it is debatable whether or not we want to encourage so many students to be scientists. While it may appear to be a measure of the teacher's effectiveness of engaging their students, why are the teachers of other subjects not held to the same criteria? For pragmatic reasons, there are only a limited number of jobs in academia, industry, and other areas demanding scientific expertise.


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