I wrote this post over the summer for the Baker Institute blog about the new AP Biology course.
The topic came to me after I read through the summary of a conference held at the Baker Institute in 2003 called “Bridging the Gap Between Science and Society.” This “summary” was a hardcover book about half the size of my biology textbook.
In the section about science education, one article mentioned that science classes needed to shift from a model of knowledge-based learning to one of inquiry-based learning. My AP Biology course immediately came to mind, followed by the thought, “This conference was more than 10 years ago. What took College Board so long?”
I decided not to dwell on that thought too long and just focus on the curriculum changes and what they meant for science education.