"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiousity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wrack & ruin without fail.
It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing & searching can be promoted by means of coercion & a sense of duty.
To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry, especially if the food, handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly."
Biology is a core course that all students must take. Essentially, it is the study of life. This course equips students with the basic information they will need in order to make informed decisions regarding their health and their interactions with the world around them. This course also integrates experiences where students will gain the essential skills outlined below.
Forensic Science is an elective course that is designed differently than core curricular courses such as biology, algebra or U.S. history. While it does integrate knowledge from multiple core courses, it requires very little memorization of information. Instead, focus is placed on learning essential skills such as:
critical thinking & problem solving
the ability to work independently, read and follow instructions
the ability to work collaboratively, manage time & meet a common goal
safely using scientific laboratory equipment & other forms of technology
locating, assessing and evaluating information and sources
integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines / subjects