While nobody should be satisfied with America's overall performance in science education, it's possible to make it even worse.
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(Updated February 7, 2013 for the Education Gadfly Weekly)
The public-comment period ended last week on draft 2.0 of the forthcoming “Next Generation Science Standards,” under development by Achieve, umpteen other organizations, and some two dozen states and promised for release in final form next month. Once released, states will be invited to consider adopting them, much like the Common Core for English and math.
Now ‘til March is not much time to repair this important, ambitious, but still seriously troubled document. The drafters might be wise to take more.
We at the Fordham Institute have a long history of reviewing state science standards, and last week, we submitted our review, feedback, and comments on NGSS 2.0. A team of nine eminent scientists, mathematicians, and educators, prepared our analysis. You can find the full review here, including team members’ bios on page 8. (We previously reviewed Draft 1.0, and Dr. Paul R. Gross, the distinguished biologist who heads the team, also reviewed the National Research Council “framework” on which NGSS is based.)
If states are going to make rational decisions to replace their own science standards with NGSS, it’s only right...