Physics and philosophy: science education through the eyes of Ayn Rand

Vanessa M. Wos


The author delves into the world of Ayn Rand and how the concepts of her philosophy, objectivism, can be employed to understand science education in the U.S. The thesis begins with an explanation of objectivism, which includes brief, biographical components of Rand's life. Also discussed is the No Child Left Behind Act, the student-teacher relationship, and the integration of subjects in classrooms, including Rand's opinions about the way the system exists in regard to these components. The author further argues that the No Child Left Behind Act does not serve the autonomy of individual students, and that student-teacher relationships are necessary to build the student's education. Integration of subjects in schools is both effective and necessary.