"I know physics is far deeper than we go in high school, However, I studied more in depth materials on my own, and talked to this teacher all the
The truth isn't always pretty. I once thought about becoming a physics teacher, but the watered down version where I'm suppose to help students
express their emotions for their happiness is not my cup of tea. It is science that interests me. Look at the requirements for the majors and
you'll see that there are inherant problems in the system. Again, the truth isn't always pretty. It is true that I rather have a great teacher who
doesn't know everything, yet inspires me to look for more. That is what a teacher is for.
"He simply told me on this particular issue that he wasn't aware of a solid proof on it, and shared his opinion with me."
Good. Nothing wrong with that.
"I'm sumply disappointed that he mislead me, instead of simply saying he didn't know."
Well, then why be angry with me? I present facts, rarely opinions. I'm not a pastor or preacher or salesman. What I give is what I know. Why does
everyone hound on me for not giving 37 links and a list of books for proof? If you want to know whether I'm telling the truth, just do a tad of
research. Looking up college programs is a pretty easy process on most college websites.
Here is an example that I just looked up at NIU:
All physics majors must have the required general chemistry, physics, and math programs of the physics major... beyond that this is what it says:
Secondary School Teaching
The goal of the secondary school teaching emphasis is to provide the necessary background in physics to teach at the high-school level. The following
courses are required for this emphasis:
PHYS 367 (3 hours) Waves and Vibrations (Fall)
PHYS 494 (2 hours) Use of Technology in Physical Science Teaching (Spring)
PHYS 495 (3 hours) Teaching of Physical Sciences (Fall or Spring)
ILAS 300 (1 hour) Clinical Experiences for High School Certificate
You see, I wasn't being an butthead, I was only stating that the basic college program to be a secondary educator in physics does not require an
extremely extensive background in physics. You'll see how many more classes a professional physics undergrad needs if you take a glance at the
various programs on the site I provided. This whole undergrad setup is typical. Don't misconstrude me as placing an opinion beyond what is
presented here to you about the various physics majors.
Plain and simple, teachers don't require as much physics to teach. Teachers usually have the primary goal to help people to grow. The primary goal
of a professional physicist is to help our understanding of science grow... that's why one chooses a particular field over another. Do I seem like
I'm trying to lead you astray? Would you rather know the truth or have me say, "oh well, I'm sure all the information you get is going to be
Apparently I should make a public appology for valuing facts over opinion. Is this a science and technology forum or not?
Sorry, that last comment is a bit rude, but I'm the one getting stepped on now.