The content of introductory biology courses at the high school and college levels are currently being re-examined. Many biological educators favor revision of the high school biology courses to a format that directly addresses current social issues to "promote good citizenship". We believe it would be more meaningful to teach the fundamental principles of biology, the study of living systems. Properly defining biology, by defining a living system, should help identify important topics to include in a basic biology course. Emphasis should be placed on subjects which would contribute most to the development of a basic understanding of how all living systems function. The course content should not be restricted by historical traditions or molded by social whims, but change with the development of knowledge through biological research.
Brown, Arthur V. and Brown, Kristine Basinger
"Toward a Concise Definition and Perspective for Biology,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 38
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol38/iss1/6