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Why Change? Times Have Changed!

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High schools overwhelmingly insist that students start their science study (and often end it) with 9th or 10th grade biology, occasionally preceeded by a course in earth science or introduction to physical sciences. The sequence of high school study in science is then biology, chemistry and physics - a sequence set out in 1894 on the recommendation of a prestigious national commission. Today these courses are treated as independent, having nothing to do with one another. It is our contention that this sequence is inappropriate and does not respect the development in the disciplines over the past century.

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