Brookhaven, Livermore rekindle teachers' love of subjects, but no one knows if their students benefit in the long run
John Short returned to his Long Island, N.Y., high school science classroom energized by the teacher enrichment course he had attended at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory. That contact with lab scientists, he recalls, inspired him to institute more hands-on experiences and to encourage students to undertake research projects of their own. For a while.

"Ultimately, it was frustrating," says Short, who teaches at Harborfield High School. "As a teacher, you're always at the mercy of what your district and school will do. Even though administrators, parents, and everybody might want the kids to do the kinds of projects that lead to a Westinghouse [Science Talent Search award]--and even when a teacher has gotten good ideas and made contacts that would really help--you can't do it if your schedule doesn't make time...

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