Comment on the National Science Ed Framework Draft
The national standards in development may well supercede state science standards with the Race to the Top funding, when they are fully completed. The standards dictate the texts and the tests and that’s what forms the backbone of the received science curriculum. Don’t get me started on the debacle around the standards in California. The national standards are our best hope to have genuinely ‘world class’ standards in the United States.
And thank goodness so far, they look ever so much more coherent than the Ca Science Standards, with the role of process as important as concepts, and a strong emphasis on application and engineering too. They are interesting and not overwhelming to read. Prof. Helen Quinn of Stanford has been a stalwart advocate of authentic, inquiry science here in California and is now chairing this initiative. Thank you, Helen.
Take some time out of this glorious summer to give your input on this vital document. What do you like? What is over- or under-emphasized? What’s missing? Share your comments here too. Let’s work up some steam on this together!