California Elementary Schools Are Not Teaching Science, Study Finds

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Bill Nye, where are you?
​When it comes to science, you're probably smarter than a fifth grader.  

Under intense pressure to increase English and math scores, California elementary schools are shoving out the subject almost entirely, a new study reports. Research from San Francisco-based think tank WestEd and UC Berkeley reveals that only 10 percent of students in the state regularly receive quality science education. Forty percent of teachers say they spend an hour or less teaching science each week. Sixty percent of districts have no staff dedicated to elementary science.
 
Researchers had wondered if schools were preparing students for California's tech-driven workforce. Turns out, they are not.      

On national science tests, the state's fourth-graders scored the lowest, along with students from Arizona, Mississippi and Hawaii. 

For teachers, science instruction gets put on the back burner because accountability benchmarks are focused on math and reading, and also because many have little or no training in the subject. The study finds that more than 85 percent of elementary teachers have not received any science-related professional development in the last three years.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, does not approve.  

"To exclude kids in formal education from science is bad for everybody," he told the Whittier Daily News. "I will assert that U.S. economic growth is in lockstep with science and technology and, by extension, science education."

The study concludes that California "needs a new road map for supporting science education in public schools to ensure that all students have the chance to participate in high-quality science learning opportunities that are crucial to their success and to the future of our state."
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hempup
hempup

This is Happening in Kentucky too my daughter jsut started 5th grade, and no science.

perspective2
perspective2

Discrimination against Californians by University of California.Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) displaces Californians qualifiedfor public university education at Cal.for a $50,600 payment by a foreign student. The need for transparency at UC Berkeleyhas never been so clear.

 

UC Berkeley, # 70 Forbes ranking, is not increasingenrollment.  Birgeneau accepts $50,600FOREIGN students at the expense of qualified instate Californians.

 

UC Regent Chairwoman Lansing and President Yudof both agreeto discriminate against Californians for the admission of foreigners. Birgeneau,Yudof, Lansingneed to answer to Californians.

 

Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents   marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

forget science, just teach little juan not to steal my car and to do a good job on the lawn and its all good with me

Georgewatt
Georgewatt

Perhaps the republicans and christians are getting their way.  Knowledge in science is in direct opposition to the bunk they are promoting.

Briansays
Briansays

but plenty of room for glbt history

Doramadrid4
Doramadrid4

No us christians not getting our way yet.... We are till not allowed to tell the truth about creation.

duh
duh

Not teaching science is a good start. Baby steps.

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