In his Guest Commentary for the September 2020 issue of ABT (“Using COVID-19 to Reboot Biology Education”), Dr. Gordon Uno asks biology teachers how we can use the pandemic in a positive way and suggests that we focus on teaching controversial socioscientific issues such as evolution and climate change in order to better help students become scientifically prepared citizens. I couldn’t agree more with this suggestion and would like to add one of my own that may help bring his suggestion into practice. I propose that we recraft the traditional one-year high school biology course into a required two years of high school biology taken during the freshman and senior years.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has shown us how critical it is that we produce citizens who can understand and effectively reason about the intersections between biology and society. Now more than ever, being scientifically literate means having a strong...

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