Rob, over at the Big Monkey Blog, put together an interesting chart to examine science communication from a macro-perspective. Though his original intention was to highlight the role of science blogs in fostering a more scientifically informed general public, it also turns out to be a nice framework upon which to illustrate a key limitation in today’s current educational framework.
Admittedly, this is no great intellectual breakthrough, but it is a great mechanism to highlight the role of education in helping bridge that gap. When I have a few free moments, I might even whip up a new version of the chart that includes an educational framework as well. In it, I would expect to highlight the fact that precious few science teachers have even taken a graduate or even and undergraduate course in the subject they are teaching, and even fewer interact on even a monthly basis with scientists. Even fewer actually perform any kind of science research on their own.
As I see it, our job is to shorten the distance (and reduce the number of links) between the science community and our students in the schools. Better yet, we should be integrating the two communities so that the teachers themselves become scientists, and help the students enter the community directly.