STEM education: K-12

As reported in FYI #59, several reports have been issued this year by BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent), an organization seeking to promote diversity in science and engineering academia and industry. BEST recently released reports on "what is working" to improve diversity in pre-K-12 education and in the workplace.

10 May 2004

In cooperation with many of its Member Societies, AIP continues to track efforts around the country that could weaken the teaching of evolution in K-12 science classrooms. The most recent action taken by the societies was a letter to the Ohio Board of Education. Earlier this year, as part of a model curriculum for classroom science, Ohio's Board considered not only lesson plans teaching evolution, but also a lesson plan presenting a so-called "critical analysis" of the theory of evolution.

24 Mar 2004

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, educators and others with an interest in K-12 science education gathered to share thoughts on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the Bush Administration's FY 2005 budget request for science and math education programs, and ways to improve science instruction.

19 Mar 2004

Working with many of its Member Societies, the American Institute of Physics began last year to take a more active role in trying to ensure that the science taught in K-12 classrooms remains high-quality, peer-reviewed science and is not diluted by religious theories. AIP and its Member Societies monitored attempts to weaken the teaching of the theory of evolution, or to introduce into science classes theories that incorporate supernatural explanations for natural events and do not represent peer-reviewed science.

14 Jan 2004

Should the National Science Board establish another commission to make recommendations on improving U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education? What have been the impacts of previous studies, and why are U.S. students still in the middle of the pack in international math and science comparisons?

21 Nov 2005

A House bill to amend and reauthorize the Higher Education Act includes several new provisions to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It incorporates ideas introduced in an earlier bill by House Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to offer loan interest forgiveness to students who teach or work in STEM fields after college, as well as provisions to encourage scholarships for STEM students and to help states improve science and math education.

29 Aug 2005

Twenty-four of the most talented physics students from high schools around the country came to the nation's capitol in May. These students had competed against hundreds of their peers to earn a place on the 2005 U.S. Physics Team. While participating in a week-long training camp at the University of Maryland, the Team members were honored with a "Tribute to the U.S. Physics Team 2005" ceremony on Capitol Hill. The May 18 ceremony was sponsored by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), an AIP Member Society. It was co-hosted by Reps.

31 May 2005

The highest recommendation of the National Academies' report on maintaining U.S. competitiveness, "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," was to improve K-12 science and math education. This recommendation has resulted in a flurry of activity and legislation on Capitol Hill this spring. After several hearings, the House Science Committee is preparing to introduce education-related legislation this week. Science Committee Ranking Minority Member Bart Gordon (D-TN) has already introduced three bills to implement the Academies' recommendations, including one (H.R. 4434) focused on education.

10 May 2006

"If the U.S. is to maintain its economic leadership and compete in the new global economy, the Nation must prepare today's K-12 students better to be tomorrow's productive workers and citizens." – new National Science Board report

29 Mar 2006

Witnesses at a March 15 hearing on undergraduate science and math education agreed that students at many colleges and universities are not getting a good education in those subjects, that NSF should continue to take the lead in reform efforts, and that the best way to improve science and math teaching at the K-12 level is to improve the college education of future teachers.

23 Mar 2006


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