Perhaps Michael Gove deserves a spell with the dunce’s cap after an ill-advised scientific reference. Calling for more rigour in GCSE and A-level exams, the education secretary held forth on the science curriculum in a recent interview with The Times:
“What [students] need is a rooting in the basic scientific principles, Newton’s laws of thermodynamics and Boyle’s law.”
As students of physics will tell you, however, Isaac Newton’s laws relate to motion and gravity. The laws of thermodynamics, relating to the transfer of heat, were initially developed by Lord Kelvin more than 100 years after Newton had snuffed it.
Complaining that history is not taught in chronological order, Gove goes on to use the example of his daughter:
“My daughter does toys through the ages, then she does the Vikings, then the Greeks; and she gets confused.”
Perhaps that after-school tuition from her father could account for the confusion.
Hat-tip: Daan Kang