When were science standards last changed?
1996! You can read all about the recently proposed science standards here, developed by Nobel laureates and educators. States aren’t required to adopt these standards, but 26 have seriously considered it. Fortunately, the inclusion of the education for subjects such as climate change and evolution do not include any provisions that bring religion into the classroom. On the other hand, five states are considering bills like this one that allow students to challenge “theories” such as the two mentioned above, which some say is an invitation for God. Really, it’s all political. Texas doesn’t plan to implement the standards, since they “write their own standards.” The way I see it, Americans are falling behind as a nation in science, so maybe we should improve our science education - as a nation. What is the harm, anyway?
In some closely related news, Zack Kopplin, a young advocate for science education and keeping creationism out of classrooms, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. After a Wall Street Journalist tried to call out snail research for being unnecessary to fund, Kopplin quickly replied “You’re not a scientist!” He’s not, and funding for science is not that easy. Find out about why the snail research is so important here.