Science 8 – The title of this post is taken from the book of the same name by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The thesis of the book is
formulating one’s own questions is “the single most essential skill for learning”—and one that should be taught to all students.
In the old (current) science 8 curriculum, students learn about body systems and the immune system. In the new curriculum the focus is shifted to only the immune system. This is a perfect example of how the new curriculum is improved and better matches the needs of today’s students. It is less important to acquire basic knowledge of organs and their function and more important and relevant to analyze how the immune system works, how it interacts with microbes, and how it relates to vaccinations, pandemics and epidemics.
So we’re going the new curriculum on this one!