Biology Education Under the Microscope

Journal Article by: William McComas Digital resources are stored online in your NSTA Library.

For many students, high school science is biology and our best—and sometimes only—opportunity to impact students’ knowledge of and interest in science generally will remain linked to the quality and nature of biology instruction in U.S. high schools. This article examines the history and current state of biology education through a review of educational statistics. Some compelling conclusions led the author to believe that “biology is the most important science subject taught in school!”

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A selection from The Science Teacher—October 2007

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  • on Thu May 05, 2011 5:50 PM

The author puts together a compelling argument for a new secondary biology curriculum--why waste time and resources repeating the same topics both in middle and high school? I cannot believe that the same content model, proposed in 1920, is still being used! Seriously? I knew that the field of education was bureaucratic, but i never imagined it to be so stultified. I would be even more progressive than the author--structure a portion of the curriculum content to follow different career tracks, i.e. medicine, conservation and preservation, and biochemistry. With our new technological capabilities, specification should become the order of the day. Time for a paradigm shift in teacher preparation too...more post-secondary pure science courses needed. Why teach science if you have not been interested enough to learn it yourself first?

Therese H  (Salisbury, MD)
Therese H (Salisbury, MD)

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