In looking at science in today's high schools, one can come up with the following statistics. There are approximately four million students at each grade level between grades nine to 12. In biology classes we find 1.85 million students, in chemistry about 1.25 million and in physics only .25 million students. Over half of these students are enrolled in terminal or "slow-track" science courses, where they are neglected or forgotten, taught by the beginning teacher in a non-lab-oriented classroom. Almost every high school has a science course where the so-called "slow-learners" have been placed. These courses may come under a variety of titles - Applied Science, General Science, Everyday Science, Low Level Biology - but the truth remains: each year over two million students go unmotivated in science.
Iowa Science Teachers' Journal
© Copyright 1972 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Moore, Joe R.
"Science for the Educationally Uninvolved Student,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 9:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol9/iss2/5