As the era of technology advances in students’ daily lives, finding answers online has increased with this advancement; therefore, science classes are changing their curricula to promote thinking instead of cheating in the classroom setting.
Students are no longer going to see many step-by-step labs that take little to no thought that just “go through the motions.” Labs have been taken a step further to allow students to think about what they are doing and how they are doing it.
“I would say science classes now are more inquiry based; kids can be more involved in developing procedure so that they have to think about it instead of the cookie cutter type labs,” says Ms. Kia Gudewicz, Heritage chemistry teacher.
This shift in the classroom has also gone to affect testing around the country.
AP testing is now focused on applications and data in contrast to how they used to be with students being asked the “What does this word mean?” questions.
“The tests now have more emphasis on lab design. There is less memorization and more application, meaning there is more critical thinking,” says Mr. Geoffrey Brinker, Heritage biology teacher.
The benefits of this new system gives students skills that they can use when they leave school, instead of memorizing facts that will be forgotten the second the year ends. Students are now able to think for themselves and solve their own problems as practice for real world problems.