New Guidelines Call for Broad Changes in Science Education


Educators unveiled new guidelines on Tuesday that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the United States — including, for the first time, a recommendation that climate changebe taught as early as middle school.

The guidelines also take a firm stand that children must learn about evolution, the central organizing idea in the biological sciences for more than a century, but one that still provokes a backlash among some religious conservatives.

The guidelines, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, are the first broad national recommendations for science instruction since 1996. They were developed by a consortium of 26 state governments and several groups representing scientists and teachers.

States are not required to adopt them, but 26 states have committed to seriously considering the guidelines. They include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas and New York. Other states could also adopt the standards.

Educators involved in drawing them up said the guidelines were intended to combat widespread scientific ignorance, to standardize teaching among states, and to raise the number of high school graduates who choose scientific and technical majors in college, a critical issue for the country’s economic future.

Written By: Justin Gillis
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  1. This should give an opportunity to put together syllabuses and marketable textbooks for the widespread teaching of the content in recommended guidelines.

  2. Without strong American science standards within the education systems in America other countries will pick up the slack. On a purely competitive basis the complexity of solutions required to keep the U.S. productive and strong will not come out of those with bible studies as an undergraduate degree. to be leading you need to be leading edge in your educational direction

  3. In think the guidelines would have a better chance of being taken up if they were accompanied by a questionaire.

    After your children graduate, do you want them to A) be able to find a good job, or B) Get laughed at when they tell other people where they’re from?

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