Friday, December 09, 2005

Science Education in the United States

Michael Janofsky has written an article for the New York Times on the state of science education in the United States. He states:

The report set out to identify how states set academic standards for science, asking whether their courses include suitably challenging content, whether they are properly organized and whether they incorporate "pseudoscientific fads or politics," a reference to the recent drive to teach intelligent design as an alternative explanation to evolution.

It was also pointed out that the "evolution crisis" is only a small part of the problem. Given that there has been an increasing emphasis on teaching only the subjects that students need to get high-paying jobs, it is doubtful the trend will reverse.

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