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On a more topical note than normal the host of my most recent visit, Greg Stoehr from Los Altos high school in Mountain View California, has sent me the following link to a recent announcement that affects science teaching in California. I’ve extracted a couple of key sentences that are of particular interest here and hint at the combined influence of some of the programs that I have visited, business (especially high technology firms) and academia…it will be interesting to see how high schools interpret these standards…

 

adoption of NGSS (next generation science standards)

…”California becomes the first state in the nation to adopt a Science Framework based on Next Generation Science Standards and is now poised to lead the nation in rolling out a rich, updated, 21st century science curriculum. The Science Framework provides guidance to teachers, administrators, and textbook publishers for the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards from transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade.”…

…”Beyond updated science content, the Science Framework encourages a new teacher-student dynamic with the teacher becoming more of a facilitator, asking questions and encouraging discovery. Students conduct experiments and lead the scientific inquiry.”

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