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Columbia Missourian

LETTER: Science curriculum needed now more than ever

By Marion Mace Dickerson, Columbia
January 20, 2010 | 2:03 p.m. CST

I was disturbed to learn the science teachers for the fourth and fifth grades may be terminated. I find this especially concerning since I have a granddaughter who will be in fourth grade next year and who is very interested in science.

Now, more than ever, we need science combined with technology to deal with the huge problems facing our nation and the rest of the world. With ever-growing populations, our natural resources are being depleted at an alarming rate. We are confronted with global problemsbecause of climate change. Cancer and other diseases demand scientific solutions as does our need for new sources of energy.

Our children need to be encouraged to pursue science. They need stimulation to foster the natural curiosity that most of them have at this age to learn about nature and the world around them. To do otherwise will be to stifle this curiosity and deprive them of essential learning opportunities. Other ways need to be found to cut costs that will not deprive our children.