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Attractions of stinky science

AFTER 20 years as a science teacher and six years as a house-husband I could return to the profession, but one aspect of modern science teaching which stops me is that the fun and "wow" factors have been decimated to the point where the practical work is hardly more interesting thanthe theory.

Slimy dissections, stinky chemistry and flash-bang physics were, and should still be, the essential stuff of science education. They catch the imagination and are often the magnet which attracts the most creative minds.

Colin Barratt Madley, Hereford

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