Wednesday October 29 | Science Education in the United States

October 28, 2008 at 10:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

The National Science Teachers Association is holding a conference in Charlotte this week, which gives us an opportunity to talk about how science education is doing in the US and what the future holds for the coming years.

Dr. Patricia Shane – President Elect, National Science Teachers Association
Dr. Kate Popejoy – Asst. Professor, Science Education, UNC Charlotte

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  1. Mike

    I am interested in developing an afterschool science based program to supplement classroom cirriculm Please ask your guests for
    resources available for funding this type of program. Also what can parents do to supplement
    science education

    great show!

  2. Science and math literacy are necessary for Americans to be able to perform their civic duties. Jurors are often asked to deal with science information like research evidence, and DNA. Voters need to understand things like global warming, statistics presented in polls, etc. If we are not literate in these subjects we can be easily manipulated. Our democracy, not just our economy, needs its citizens to have a basic understanding of both science and math.

  3. I can’t stand when we are compared to other countries. We teach ALL CHILDREN and test ALL Children. All of our test scores count. We include EC students,ESL which has overwhelmed us. They are not comparing apples to apples. We are so confined by the tests and scores. Other countries are not testing All their students!
    I have been teaching for 20 yrs.

  4. With the region receiving a huge boost in infrastructure relating to biotechnology and research you would think that there would be a tie in with the K-6 curriculum and career planning but there seems to be a lag. Why is that?

  5. Interesting program! I’m many years out of school, but I recall that science classes were not especially interesting in grade school through HS. I ended up in a scientific field primarily because of encouragement from my dad, an engineer. But my favorite class as a senior in HS was AP English because of a really gifted and creative teacher. We need teachers of this caliber in science. I agree 100% with guests that most students need to be “turned on” to science.

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