Comments from a previous contributor:
There is no question that the ratio is common in nature and it is appealing
to the human eye. Artists have attempted to paint perfectly composed
pictures by applying the ‘Golden Section' to their compositions.
I think the above is an empirical question, and it is important that kids be
asked to EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE. i.e. don't give them pictures with lines
already on - let them draw the lines and THEN check your theories such as
Similarly, let THEM count the petals and the spirals on the fir cones. You
wil find many, many exceptions. (And beware of saying they are NEARLY
Fibonnaci numbers, or TWICE Fibonacci numbers, because nearly all small
numbers fall within these categories!)
All I'm asking is that the key scientific question "WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?"
be considered by kids as part of the learning process in all subjects.
(Possibly not in religion - but that is a different matter!)