http://mv-voice.com/square/print/2009/07/13/for-the-love-of-science


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For the love of science

Original post made on Jul 13, 2009

Despite the ubiquitous presence of science and innovation in the Bay Area, Bay Area students receive woefully little instruction in science.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 10, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by EJB, a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

V. interesting article.


Posted by Mike Laursen, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm

We're spending about $9000 per K-12 pupil. Why isn't that paying for more science education?


Posted by Parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 31, 2009 at 9:35 am

Our kids do receive Science instruction in elementary school. They use the Foss Science kits, which is a curriculum that provides hands-on, experiment-based science learning from first grade on. I always loved that program. My memory of science education was reading boring facts, and I hated it. The only good memories I have of science in elementary school were on the rare occasions when the teacher would demonstrate a cool concept and I could see it in action. This is what the kids get to do with Foss. They keep science journals, learn about the scientific process -- start with a hypothesis, go through the experiment, and write up their conclusion. I know my kids scored in the advanced range on the state 5th-grade science test, and they didn't get any extra supplementation in science.

I just hope they never completely replace the hands-on curriculum with a textbook-based one, as I think that would be tragic.