Dear Sarah Gardner and Marketplace producers,
I listened with interest to your story on today’s show about the current prospects for the solar energy sector. While the story was engaging, I have a nit to pick.
In the course of listing the elemental components of photovoltaic solar panels, you referred to them as part of “that periodic table you were supposed to have memorized” in high school chemistry.
As I’ve mentioned before, it is not standard practice to memorize the periodic table (or to make students memorize it). They hang it there in the classroom, for goodness sake! Why waste the money on a large wall-chart (or on photocopies of the table handed out with exams) if students are supposed to have what’s on the periodic table committed to memory?
Chemists do not memorize the periodic table. Rather, they learn how to use it.
Please stop propagating this myth about standard chemistry pedagogy. In return, I will do my best not to spread misinformation about how economics is taught.