Scientific knowledge is a difficult pursuit, one that excludes some of the human population. Anyone can study basic science and learn its principles, but it is much harder to be able to gain an expertise in a field. Most US citizens have a understanding of science across many fields at a foundational level, but lack advanced knowledge in those fields. Because of this, I believe that science should not be governed by the government or the general population.
The reason that so many Americans possess only basic knowledge across many scientific fields is that from kindergarten through high school students are required to study science. In elementary school, students tend to learn surface-level science, such as inquiry. But once students reach middle school, they start to dive into biology and chemistry. By the time students get to high school, in public school, many are required to take biology, chemistry, and physics, but these classes are all introductions into each field. It isn’t until college that students are given opportunities to focus on mastering one scientific field. In college, students who choose to major in a natural science gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge. Considering only 40% of Americans have a college degree and that only a small fraction of those citizens’ degrees are in a natural science, we can’t expect the average American to understand the concepts of how to govern science. Yes, most US citizens have the ability to know right from wrong, but at the same time they may not comprehend the consequences of certain scientific experiments, which is why experts should govern science. The experts know almost all there is to know about their field, so we should trust that they will make the right decision for all of us, nationally. The problem with giving a random person a say in this process is that they don’t have the intellectual capacity or scientific knowledge to make the right decision.