Should Amplify Be Our School’s Curriculum?

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Do you like the parts of science, where you get to use objects and supplies in fun labs? Well, Amplify Science does the exact opposite. Amplify just promotes sitting in front of a computer and having a teacher check your work, it doesn’t even make any part of science fun. Many students who have experienced Amplify in the past have had trouble navigating the site. 

This is not just a problem at Blaine, there are other schools with the same issues. A seventh grader that goes to Jane Addams even reported “we were basically bored by it.” All they did was watch a video and do the lesson the rest of the class, this is exactly why Amplify is disliked by practically everyone who uses it. When you think of science you think of labs and experiments and diversity of what you’re learning, Amplify kills that idea with just links on the lesson with a simulation or an article. 

Going back to my original statement of the site being tough to get around, they did slightly improve it but still each unit has a lesson, then the lesson has sections for the work, and so on. I feel like they could definitely not make as many different sections for one unit.  

Also, the lessons don’t really do anything with helping retain any information. When science is taught regularly, usually you take notes, do experiments, and really go in depth with learning because you can ask questions and really add to the discussion, but you can’t have a conversation and ask questions with a computer unless you count Googling the answers. You just read a small passage or something and give a short answer or choose one of the options and submit it; not really beneficial for learning. 

Even though it is too late to turn back now, for future reference, we the students would highly suggest that next time we do not, I repeat, DO NOT use Amplify Science as our curriculum. 

 

 

Source: 

 Dornfeld, Ann. “’A Shady Mess’: Seattle Schools Debates New Science Curriculum.” KUOW, 8 May 2019, www.kuow.org/stories/a-shady-mess-seattle-schools-debates-new-science-curriculum.