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Parent questions mandatory high school chemistry

Ollabelle (980205) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Ollabelle (980205) writes "David Bernstein, a nonprofit executive who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., has two sons, ages 7 and 15. He has previously written about how schools fail students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Now he turns his attention to mandated curriculum in public schools, and argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take any science class."
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Basic grounding a necessary part of citizenship (1)

Spazmania (174582) | about a year and a half ago | (#41681769)

A child should graduate High School with a basic grounding in all the myriad fields which are central to modern society. Your 15 year old will be a voter in just 3 years. It would be nice if he isn't completely ignorant when he chooses his candidate. Democracy is a responsibility as much as it is a right: a responsibility to be well enough educated to vote intelligently.

Do Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Biology and Physics each need an entire year to provide a student with a basic grounding? Maybe not. Maybe they should be shortened in favor of adding computer science, business administration, engineering and industrial design. But it is absurd to suggest that a most basic knowledge of chemistry or the other core arts and sciences doesn't bear on one's civic responsibility as a voter.

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