Sciences offer real life experience in school

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Sciences offer real life experience in school

Meghan Stettler, Staff Reporter

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While I often hear and make the argument that school leaves much to desired, especially in terms of preparing students for the real world, I do have to give the system some props. Much of the content covered in courses is standardized, especially in core subjects, thus restricting the amount of depth and creativity a teacher can have. In the grand race to make sure all students are successful, teachers and classes seem to have lost their color and flair.

That said, there are still oases of educational creativity in the core subjects, namely the sciences. Certainly, there are still goals to be met and exams to prepare for, but as shown perhaps most recently by courses like AP Biology, content doesn’t always have to be taught out of a book. Vital concepts and skills can be, and are taught just as effectively in a lab as they are during lecture.

Textbooks tend to present information as an abstract, wherein there cannot possibly be any real-world application to knowing that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, or the integral required to determine concentration-time relations. Labs lend students the opportunity to see their work applied to the real world, as well as gain familiarity with the work itself.

Luckily, students have access to a science department that sees the value in real-world exposure and application–AP Biology has worked with genetic deviation and modification in bacteria, AP Chemistry has designed and conducted experiments to determine enthalpy of solution, the Anatomy and Physiology class has dissected sheeps’ organs–the list is as varied as it is long.

Labs validate concepts that texts and lectures often fail to support. By making content relevant to students and the real world, labs finally make education what it was supposed to be: concrete and relevant preparation for the professional world.

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