WEEK 10: Framework for K-12 Science Education
I really appreciated this week’s reading assignment. It expressed the issues with current curriculum and how science education needs to evolve. What really spoke to me was this quote, “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 to enter careers of their choice, including (but not limited to) careers in science, engineering, and technology.” To me this is exactly what needs to be done to improve the classroom experience and really get students were they should be when exiting high school. A lot of the issues I have with the current curriculum stem from how students leave high school but don’t know anything about how to translate what they have learned to the every day. So many adults are completely clueless about how to interpret what they learn from the internet or even the news. By teaching these kids in this way we are helping generate competent learners that will hopefully turn into functionally skeptical adults. Nowadays kids and even adults don’t question what they read or hear. They don’t question the source or really even think about the likelihood that what they are hearing isn’t true. There is so much pseudoscience out there. I am afraid if we don’t teach these kids to question, we will be creating a generation of naïve, uneducated adults that one day will be controlling the country. With all of the misinformation about global warming, vaccinations, dieting, carcinogens, and hundreds of other issues, students (and some adults) need some common sense. The faster we can get these teaching principles into the classroom the better, in my opinion.