When does biology and science education in the U.S begin?

Is the U.S school system afraid to teach biology and science because of the scopes monkey trial and Dover Intelligent Design case?

I know an eight grader who is just beginning his first science class - "Earth Science."
Why doesn't science and biology education begin in kindergarden?

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Comment by Chris G on December 14, 2009 at 7:39am
How do you extract DNA from an onion with household material? After doing so how do you view it at home with an inexpensive microscope?
Comment by Louis on December 12, 2009 at 5:55pm
Eight grade, jesus christ. I started in Second with the behavior of water.
Comment by Chris G on December 12, 2009 at 6:58am
Writing and communication skills are important too.
Comment by Jared Lardo on December 12, 2009 at 6:27am
Due to this strange fear amongst curriculum-designers that even hinting at the existence of topics outside the scope of whatever the curriculum of the moment is makes learning impossible (meanwhile all that it does is to cause incompetent teachers to be caught with their pants as down as they are and trip on them), teaching the things where previously learned skills will be used after those other things get learned is the pattern that repeats over and over in schooling. If there's any legitimate basis for this in this particular case, it would be that proper science requires some algebra--or at least the brainpower to plug in values for all the variables but one--leaving science basically undoable until the kids are not totally incompetent.

However, since my "earth science" class in 9th grade had no math at all--purely a listing of concepts and facts--this employment of this bullshit idea is pure wasteful clownery.

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