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Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman Proposes Solutions to Science Education Deficit

“We cannot maintain a 21st-century economy with a 19th-century curriculum,” said Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman, who gave the final lecture of the 2004-2005 said that the 21st-century workplace requires substantial problem-solving skills; thus, schools have a "vastly more complex mission than earlier to prepare graduates for life in the age of the Internet." He suggested that students in grades 9-12 complete a “sensible science sequence” of physics, chemistry and biology—in that order—with an emphasis on the scientific process.