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Re: “More Flak from Proposed Berkeley Science Ban

I'm a Berkeley High School parent and I am totally against this proposal. But let's get the facts straight: Science labs will NOT be eliminated by this proposal. Right now, science labs occur either before ("0" period) or after (7th period) the regular 6-period school day. So lab classes, unlike all other classes, meet 6 times per week. However, these classes used to have TWO lab periods per week, for a total of 7 class meetings until 2003. This proposal would end the EXTRA period, so that labs had to take place during one of the normal 5 class meetings. I don't know what is normal elsewhere, but that is how labs were handled when I was in high school. I was never on a bus at 6:30 am headed to Chem Lab once a week in 1975! And I don't know how many other kids are these days anyway. But, given Berkeley High's traditional commitment to science instruction, this reduction to an already decimated program seems like a really bad idea.

On the other hand, I suspect that a lot of the crowing and cat-calling in the media is from commentators who spend a lot of time arguing for Intelligent Design to be taught in science class, so we do not expect serious discussion from them.

Posted by A Person on 12/31/2009 at 12:31 PM

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