Originally Posted by TennisNinja
Not really. Science classes today are becoming more and more of a joke. The amount of "real" science done in classes nowadays might shock some people. Many times in class we had virtual "labs" that amounted to little more than pressing buttons on a screen and watching the computer do the processing. I went to a school that had the IB program instead of AP but my friends in the neighboring school (same district) reported similar experiences.
Clearly there are still moments that cannot be replicated at home, but the gap is closing every day.
The labs my son has done right from the simple ones in elementary and middle school to the more advanced ones today have all been real labs. The simulations have only been during the theory classes.