Education Letter to the Editor

The Value of Place-Based Science

December 06, 2010 1 min read

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.