Here's What's Missing From A High School Science Education

If you want to be a world leader in science and technology, it's important that your kids learn all about the science that makes technology work, right? Physics forms the backbone of our understanding of the universe, but our high school science curriculum are more than a little lacking when it comes to things from the past 150 years.

MinutePhysics explains the situation perfectly in this open letter to US President Barack Obama. While its hard to imagine Obama sitting down and watching YouTube videos, maybe the message will get to the right people sometime, somehow. In the meantime, might as well go bone up on some physics. [YouTube]


    I think i did most of this at school. didn't do science in year 11 & 12.

    I took chemistry in years 11 and 12: we discussed the atomic model, including electron valence shells, and discussed some basic electron physics during the electrolysis topic. I never chose to take physics (as vector math messed with my tiny mind back then) so I'm not sure if they covered many of the other topics, but I'm quite sure my friends who were so inclined as to take the units were exposed to general and special relativity topics, and might have done some quantum mechanics, too.

    Last edited 12/11/12 10:14 pm

    Yep, we teach/learn most of these things in NSW. The physics syllabus is a little maths lite, but from what the video described, far more comprehensive that the US.
    And yet we try to model our education system to theirs.

      Yeah, NSW physics 2 years ago was the theory for pretty much all this stuff, with barely any calculations.. projectile motion, with all the formulae given was as advanced as the maths got

    I'm doing Year 12 in WA this year. Can easily confirm we learnt 90, if not 100% of that in Physics, Maths and Chemistry.

    Last edited 12/11/12 11:29 pm

      Yeah we did most of that in VIC back when I was doing VCE 6-7 years ago. It's always good to reaffirm that Australian education is higher than the US.

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