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

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