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Why Americans Don’t Go for Science

No doubt he’ll take a tongue-lashing from the multiculturalists, feminists, and progressive education theorists, for having said so, but Peter Wood has nailed it with a Chronicle piece explaining why so few young Americans want to study science. Bravo, but will someone please buy Peter a flak jacket?

I think that a significant part of this problem is that to do science you need to be good at math. Sadly, as this recent NCTQ study found, math is often poorly taught in elementary schools because many of the teachers are weak in math themselves and ill-prepared to teach it.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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