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Re: A&P as a general education requirement? [HAPP-L]
While A&P is not a general education requirement here, many of our
students take this course to fulfill their general science
requirement for graduation. They are enrolled in the same,
one-semester course that our pre-professional students are enrolled
in, which I can tell you truly creates quite a nightmare!
There is no logical or rational way to meet the needs, abilities, or
skill levels of both populations in one course. We tend to "let down"
those who are in a pre-professional tract. And, we tend to "lose"
those who are not ("it's too hard.").
My own personal opinion is that everyone (educated or otherwise)
should have some understanding of how they function. Perhaps this is
due to my background as an RN. I don't understand how people could
have no interest in knowing, at least in a some basic sense, how
their bodies are supposed to function. And, to then have a better
understanding of what is going on with it when it isn't. Or, to use
that basic information to "take care" of themselves, their families,
and their children (to have at least an basic understanding of
preventative things they could do,etc.)
And, since a great deal of what I do in my second job as a RN in the
emergency room of a very busy county hospital is to educate people, I
can tell you that there are a great number of people out there that
have no clue as to how their body works, what's going on when it
isn't working and why, or even the slightest idea of what they could
have done to prevent (or cause) the "malfunction!"
I know, too, that the information can be taught at a level so that
even children can understand the workings of their bodies, and what
is going wrong...we RNs provide this type of education to people
So, if they can be taught, I would think that college students could
be taught the information...on SOME level (??). Sadly, I am
confronted every semester with the fact, that some can not, or have
no interest (oh, wait...that was an earlier thread we already had,
wasn't it? The student apathy thing...sorry!)
Dept. of Zoology/Genetics
Iowa State University