Education: New Physics

The chain-reaction revolution in high school physics set off by M.I.T.'s Physical Science Study Committee (TIME, July 29, 1957, et seq.) will touch 12,000 students this fall. Latest link in the reaction: five summer institutes that last week graduated 300 teachers familiar with the M.I.T. committee's radically new theories of physics teaching and able to handle a wide repertoire of new experiments. During the eight-week courses sponsored this summer by the National Science Foundation, the high school teachers suggested changes in the M.I.T. text, enthusiastically accepted the basic idea: lead students to discover physics concepts through experiments, rather than use experiments...

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