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Opinion: COVID-19 reveals grade school science education flaws

The Mercury News – Dr. Diana Farid

While the COVID-19 pandemic surged last spring, my kindergartner learned how snails use a radula to eat. My second grader studied praying mantises. Our backyard became a snail and praying mantis lookout. After at-home school, we talked about coronavirus, why I suddenly wasn’t working at the student health center, and why daddy was changing clothes when he came home from working at the hospital. I imagined what life would have been like if, in addition to learning about the radula, our kids also learned about the trachea and bronchi of our lungs.

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