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My experiences in science have left me wondering if we know what we want to achieve when educating students in science. An important question for science educators is: how authentic is the science presented in science classrooms? To answer this, science educators need a clear idea of what is they believe to be the purpose of science and then how they can portray that in their classrooms. This paper represents my journey in thinking about and researching of these ideas. It is my belief that, if we are to engage students in science, then science education has to be far more authentic than it has been in the past. In this sense, the title is apt – it is no wonder students are confused as I believe that, as educators, we have not been successful in creating the bridge between science and science education.