Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | February 1, 2011

This is what I call science education

From my regular correspondent:

Transgenic bacterium sparks row in French schools

That’s right, schools. Not universities.


  1. The French science curriculum is clearly far more advanced.
  2. 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.
  3. 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”.





  1. Identifying which was a live yoghurt culture would be a really interesting investigation – thanks for the idea!

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