The wrong chemistry;Letter

13th August 1999 at 01:00
DOUGLAS WEIR gives only one side of the story in saying that integrated teaching is the only option (TESS, July 30). I agree that pupils probably meet too many teachers in S1-S2 and as a science teacher I enjoy teaching biology and chemistry as well as my own subject of physics.

I have no doubt, however, that I teach physics topics better. This is not because I lack the knowledge to teach biology and chemistry at S1-S2 levels but that I lack, on occasions, the little extras which can be used to catch pupils' imaginations or to be more spontaneous and more able to move off at a tangent if required. A move towards integration does have costs.

Is it not odd that this change is being promoted at a time when Higher Still is being introduced? Could it possibly be that another reason for integration is the need for more flexibility on timetabling given the needs of the new S5-S6 curriculum?

Findlay Rush, Lathro Park, Kinross

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