Friday, July 21, 2006

Good question

Blue Girl, Red State ask Why Do We Teach Science Backward?
Why do we teach biology, then chemistry, then physics? Why not teach the relatively simple Newtonian physics, then use that to build a basis for teaching chemistry, and use the resulting knowledge to make sense of biology?

Is it something to do with getting to physics after students have had a taste of calculus? Because I doubt that matters much, and could give a valuable preview of what calculus can do down the road.