All those creds and yet you got the math wrongBut seriously, great work there. I run a non-profit children's education centre on the weekends. Being a teacher is one of the most thankless jobs out there. I am grateful for all my staff who volunteer their time to help wrangle the 180 or so kids we get every year.
Ph.D. in molecular biologyWorked my way to Big Pharma doing diagnosticsHated, hated, hated, hated the environment, the ethos, the management.Became a HS Science teacher teaching physics to normal students (Texas mandates all students must take physics)No teacher wiling to teach AP Physics C, so I did even though no background. Relearning basic calculus while teaching E&M was ... interestingEmbracing the AP ethos of open and welcoming classroom to all students willing to learn.Growing the AP Physics program: AP Physics C has tripled enrollment from 6 to 24 students in 3 years (Awesome kids, top of their class), AP Physics 2 went from 1 student to 26 in 3 years (Awesome kids, not top of their class), AP Physics 1 went from 120 to 200 in 1 year (wide range, from top of their class to first timers in an honor/AP class).Open tutorial hours from 6:30 am to first bell and then last bell to 4:45 pm. Work on stuff until about 6:30 before leaving school.
I went to high school in Texas in the 90s and physics wasn't required. When did they start requiring physics for everyone?
2010. Texas decided to raise standards so they implemented "4x4": 4 years of math, science, English, and social studies (core classes). Physics became required and not just "Integrated Physics and Chemistry". If you opt-out of taking physics, you graduated on a minimum graduation plan, making you ineligible to directly attend a 4-year institution. You have to attend community or junior college first, then transfer to a 4-year institution.
What places Physics above Chemistry, Biology, Programming, etc?
Many countries do teach physics as the first science in secondary education. Some countries actually teach physics. Others are more like physical science, which is an on-level 8th grade class here in Texas. Many students are not mathematically ready to take physics as freshman, which is why physics is on-level for 11th grade in my school district. Is the issue on the education side or on the mental development side? Many people have opinions. I honestly think both. Abstract thinking in terms of variables and unknowns appears to be very hard for many students.