Monday, March 19, 2007

Expert Teachers "Key To Physics"

This really is a no-brainer. But it bears repeating that a good teacher can make all the difference in getting students interested and good in physics. It is true practically everywhere. Thus, even if this article is a report about the state of secondary education in UK schools, it certainly applies also to other parts of the world, including the US. However, I am not certain to what extent this is similar in US high schools:

Too many pupils never have the opportunity of finding out because in their schools the subject is wrapped up in science taught by biologists.

I am aware of mathematics teachers teaching physics in a few high schools in the US, but never heard of biologists. Furthermore, I don't know if students in the US have this kind of "distractions":

But another school with hardly any pupils doing A-level physics, "prided itself on its performing arts, and pupils were continually being taken out of science lessons for drama and music rehearsals," the report said.

I am guessing that transgression like this would not be tolerated here, but who knows!

But just to prove that, with proper attention, schools can attract a keen interest in physics, here are success stories from various UK schools that have bucked the trend over there.


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