As part of the Ministry of Education’s Seed Nurturing Project in Humanities and Social Sciences for Talented Senior High Students, National Science Council (NSC) Minister Cyrus Chu (朱敬一) yesterday gave a lecture to about 130 high-school students on social science and stressed the importance of civil participation in public issues.
The project was established to help talented senior-high school students understand more about the humanities and social sciences before they attend university.
Chu is scheduled to give eight lectures about civics to the class of more than 100 senior-high school students over four weekends, starting from yesterday, at National Taiwan University.
He said the classes would focus on the introduction of civics and civic participation, and touch on law, sociology and economics, as well as discussing the environment, politics and sustainable energy.
During yesterday’s lecture, he also mentioned the controversy over the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮), saying that debate on the issue requires not only knowledge, but also respect, fairness and justice. Chu said that students should set aside any pre-existing biases so they can learn more through debate.
“It is important for senior high students to understand about humanities and social sciences at this age, so they can decide if they are interested in entering the academic field,” Chen Chih-jou (陳志柔), the project’s leader and a sociology researcher at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Sociology.