New Standards for Science Classes

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/NASA)

Expanding science literacy is crucial to the United States economy, and of enormous strategic importance if we are to compete globally. And yet the last time the United States had a consensus on the strategic importance of science education, Sputnik had just been launched.

The little Soviet Sputnik was beeping overhead at the peak of the Cold War and there was a billion dollar commitment to enriching science education at every level. But now the Cold War is over and the strategic importance of science is more related to how much science has happened in the past four decades.

Now the National Science Teachers Association and the National Research Council are issuing revolutionary new science guidelines.

David Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. Mary Colson is an earth science teacher at the Horizon School in Moorehead, Minnesota.

Guests:

Mary Colson and David Evans

Comments [3]

Scott Berfield from Woodinville, WA

My best science class memory was having an incredible AHA moment when doing a very simple experiment involving lycopodium powder to calculate the approximate size of a molecule. I had this sudden flash of insight of exactly what was happening in the experiment - how big things were - and how the scientific process worked.

Apr. 10 2013 04:41 PM
Tina from Queens

Eight grade chemistry lab (in Europe) - we were experimenting with burning Zinc mineral and it sizzled and the teacher said it sounded like stake on the grill. We all went "aaaahhh" and started talking about upcoming lunch break and she lost the attention of the class which slowly descended into a low level chaos

Apr. 10 2013 03:51 PM
Joanie from Manhattan

One of my greatest memories from science class was the day my high school physics teacher explained the formula E=MC (squared), and I understood it!

Apr. 10 2013 03:33 PM

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