From my regular correspondent:
Transgenic bacterium sparks row in French schools
That’s right, schools. Not universities.
- The French science curriculum is clearly far more advanced.
- The president of some French pressure group against genetic engineering, politics aside, is a dumbass. “I am also concerned that practical classes erode the time spent imparting knowledge of biology,” he adds. Nub. That is usually the most useful content.
- This gives me an idea for a movie.
I would add from myself:
- Sterile lab experience as part of a school biology curriculum is a great idea. It fits my paradigm of good education: it teaches criteria.
- Also, in my opinion, less technology mediated the learning experience the better. I would love to have in English biology curriculum a more mundane experiments: in the exam, give students two samples of yoghurt and ask to determine which one contains “live culture”.