Saturday, August 6, 2011

More "science appreciation"

The National Research Council just published its "Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas". As explained in its Executive Summary:

The overarching goal of our framework for K-12 science education is to ensure that by
the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives; are able to continue to learn about science outside school; and have the skills toenter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.
It's telling which goal comes first and which comes last. Even more telling is which one the New York Times chooses to cite:

One of the big goals, the committee said in a 282-page report, is “to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science.”

Ultimately, of course, what really matters is which of these goals our k12 schools choose to emphasize. Any guesses?

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