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The Next Generation Science Standards, One Year Later

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released one year ago today, following a development process extending back several years to the writing of A Framework for K-12 Science Education. So, where do things stand now? Eleven states (plus the District … Continue reading

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Integrated STEM Education Should be a Lasagna, not a Smoothie

A new National Research Council report makes it clear that if we want integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to succeed, we need to start paying closer attention to what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly, not just … Continue reading

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Five Things Students Will Do More Often Thanks to the NGSS

How are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) different from what has come before? One important change is the new list of Science and Engineering Practices, which specify what students should be able to do as part of a strong science education. … Continue reading

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The Next Generation Science Standards do not omit content knowledge

The claim that the Next Generation Science Standards leave out content knowledge bothers me, because it seriously mis-represents the truth. For example, this piece on EdSource by Paul Bruno claims that MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits is an example of how … Continue reading

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Why Science Practices and the Nature of Science Matter

You can tell that I’m a major science education geek because I spent a good part of my recent vacation at the beach reading a book about science: The Golem, by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch. There’s a copy of … Continue reading

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Fordham’s claim of NGSS/CCSSM “misalignment” doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

This week the Thomas Fordham Institute released a report claiming “alignment glitches” between the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State  Standards for Mathematics. Fordham’s original report on the standards suffered from a number of issues, but many … Continue reading

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On Methods Versus Aims

Reading Daisy Christodoulou’s preview of her recent book, Seven Myths About Education, I was especially struck by Myth 6- that projects and activities are the best way to learn. This quote resonated with me in particular: Our aim should be for pupils to … Continue reading

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