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November 17, 2012

From the November 16, 1967 Archives - PSHS boasts Advanced Biology class

PRINCETON — Princeton Senior High School boasted the only advanced biology course taught in an eight-county area in Southern West Virginia. The class was only open to seniors  and was taught by Mrs. Virginia Houchins.

Houchins explained that the BSCS Advanced Biology class was established at PSHS because colleges requested that a laboratory science class that focused on practical lab experience be included in the curricula of advanced studies.

The textbook contained 38 lab investigations and "Investigations for Further Study" that included supplemental excerpts in the literature of biology, application of elemental statistics, and evaluation of data received.

On some occasions, the 17 students taking the advanced course were required to return to the classroom on Saturdays or Sundays in order to collect the necessary data needed for completion of the course.

"In this course," Houchins explained, "the responsibility of learning is on the shoulders of the student. Many times those enrolled in the class must secure reference materials from the school or public library. Each time they solve a problem, the may find 10 others which relate to the solution of the original question...One of the greatest attributes of the course is that it teaches the students to think."


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