Education: Life for the Fossil

To U.S. high school students, no science is more popular than biology—the first time around. Some 1,200,000 students take an introductory course in biology every year, but barely 2% come away with enough interest to take a second. Many educators think they know why: high school biology is fossilized. Students perform perfunctory experiments to prove points already memorized, poke away at frogs and recite by rote an endless, largely meaningless list of Latin names, learning little of the processes by which life exists on earth and which have fascinated man since the beginning...

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