Changing Science Education
Every few years we get a new call to change science education. The latest attempt is the Next Generation Science Standards, designed through a multi-year study by educators led by the National Academy of sciences. So far the press has emphasized that the new standards require teaching evolution and climate change. But there is far more. Some tidbits:
- Kindergarteners should learn, “What happens if you push or pull an object harder?” They should investigate the question, and “Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.”
- First graders should “Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.”
- Second graders should “Make observations to construct an evidence-based account
that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.”
Third graders should “Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.”What do you think children should be learning about science?