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From 1983 to the present day, ‘Science for All’, or a variant of it, has been officially

espoused as the intention for school science in country after country. The Minis-

ters of Education in the Asia Region of Unesco (from Pakistan and India to Japan

and New Zealand and a dozen countries in between) determined that this goal was

an urgent priority for their educational systems (Unesco 1983). In the same year,

the National Science Foundation (1983) was presented with a high-level report

that called for Science for All Americans. In 1984 in Canada, Science for Every

Student appeared and, soon after, the Royal Society (Bodmer 1985) in Britain

argued persuasively that Science is for Everybody.