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Indonesia to Drop Science for Youngest Students

Science  02 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6107, pp. 592
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6107.592

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Summary

Indonesian children lag far behind their peers on global measures of science aptitude. But rather than use that poor performance as a call to arms, the Indonesian government wants to eliminate science as a subject in the nation's elementary schools. The proposed changes were unveiled at the end of September but have only recently attracted widespread attention. While many scientists are fuming, some hope to persuade the government to restore natural sciences to the curriculum.