“A complete set of apparatus for teaching Physics has been installed; hence we will have not only a theoretical and lecture course, but an extensive experimental course which will so simplify the laws of Physics that its study will no longer be a drudgery, but a pleasure.”
That optimistic bit of wisdom is from 1910 and is excerpted from an article extolling the progressive and modern curriculum of Caddo High School. Reading it the first time made me laugh…but reading it a second time, and thinking seriously about the actions of the school staff made me wonder if a little editing wouldn’t make it relevant to any newspaper in the country this week. It didn’t take more than a quick Google search to find a current counterpart:
“Funding from the annual campaign at ____ was recently used to purchase new science equipment. Funding from ___has allowed the school to purchase Probeware and laptops for use in its middle school science lab…the acquisition…will further develop students’ abilities to critically reason and decipher information.”
Apparently we are still confident that having the right equipment is the answer to improving the motivation, participation, and skills of our students.