Published Online: December 6, 2010
Published in Print: December 8, 2010, as The Value of Place-Based Science

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The Value of Place-Based Science

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To the Editor:

I was thrilled to read in “Schools Integrate Dance Into Core Academics” (Education Week, Nov. 17, 2010) that the arts, and dance in particular, are returning to elementary classrooms. However, I question the wisdom of the study of photosynthesis in 2nd grade, when such an abstract concept is not understood but memorized.

When there is so much place-based science that can be experienced directly, why go to the molecular level?

Louise Shive
Assistant Professor of Education
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pa.

Vol. 30, Issue 14, Page 27

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