Chemists, biologists, and other scientists may think that they have been discriminated against. That is by no means the intention of the statement above. The ability to read is essential for understanding and appreciating literature and poetry, and their exclusion in the statement does not devalue literature and poetry. Chemistry, (molecular) biology, and other sciences are the literature of physics and their exclusion in the statement does not denigrate their importance. As for mathematics, its teaching is crucial because it is the language in which physics is spoken and written.
How do we accomplish the seemingly impossible task of teaching our youth physics and mathematics? The same way we teach them any skill: practice, making mistakes, more practice! To learn our mother tongue, we practice, make mistakes, and practice more, and the brain builds a place to permanently store the language. To learn to play an instrument, we practice, make mistakes, and practice more, and the brain changes itself to accommodate our musical ability. To learn to write, we practice, make mistakes, and practice more, and the brain creates a place to store the writing skill. Physics and mathematics are no exceptions.
The only way to learn physics and mathematics is to practice physics and mathematics, make mistakes, and practice more physics and mathematics.
That’s how physicists learn physics and mathematicians learn mathematics. If you don’t believe this, ask any accomplished physicist or mathematician, or any of the thousands of homeschooling or immigrant parents, or countless Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and … teachers, whose children or pupils learn to master differential equations before finishing high school!
The brain will make the task easier by eventually finding an evolutionary path to change its anatomy to permanently store physics and math skills. … Yes, even in our 5-year-olds!