Plus, Mixing Chemicals Is Fun

Two blog posts discuss the merits and disadvantages of high school chemistry classes.

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I haven't read the article

I haven't read the article in the Washington Post but based on what you report that the father said, it sounds to me that his represents the prevailing view of the role of schooling in the US at all levels. In short, he's asking for his son to be trained as opposed to be educated. When, if ever, does the kid get a chance to confront ideas outside of his level of comfort and develop a broad base of thought that can lead him to think beyond current practices and beliefs? Taking the father's view to the extreme, by training his son only in areas that are in kid's area of current interest or competency we may be able to create an excellent html programmer, for example, but the kid will likely be a limited cog in a larger wheel. I doubt that he will have the breadth of background needed to see beyond what he is being trained for.

I haven't read the article,

I haven't read the article, but the purpose of an education is to be educated in many subjects, not just the subjects you like or make the most money.