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Physics First. ‘Physics First’ Is Moving Slowly Into Nation’s High Schools. Published Online: September 6, 2006 Published in Print: September 6, 2006, as ‘Physics First’ Is Moving Slowly Into Nation’s High Schools Resistance to change in science sequence continues.

‘Physics First’ Is Moving Slowly Into Nation’s High Schools

Even scientists and educators who have an abiding love of physics acknowledge that much of society at large doesn’t share their affection. The study of force and motion has long been regarded as the most difficult, or at least the most intimidating, of the high school sciences. “People have an innate fear of physics,” said Gabe de la Paz, who teaches the subject in the Clayton, Mo., school system. “ ‘Oh, I hated that class.’ From left, freshmen Ashley Parks, Jeff Bader, and Joe Purze work on an experiment in Gabe de la Paz's physics lab. —Katherine Bish for Education Week That reputation notwithstanding, a core group of educators believes...