So, it seems physics education in America includes nothing new since 1865, unlike any other field of study, even geology. This is an open letter to Obama asking him to do something about it.
All faculty in Physics and Astro Departments need to start chipping away at this problem. (College has to change before high school will.) The physics curriculum is ridiculously outdated, not well preparing either our majors or non-majors for anything other than exams and coursework, and no one even seems to notice. I lose sleep over this.
Let’s hear it in the comments: What would you take out of the undergrad physics non-major course and what would you put in instead? What about for the physics major? I think the first things in the major that need to be addressed are the lack of statistics and programming training…and I bet people have been saying that for decades! (What is it about this problem that makes it so sticky and hard to address?)