Plenty of state reaction to the recent NCES study on the disparity between white and black students.

Francis Collins, Obama's pick to head the NIH, has spoken often about the compatibility between religion and science.

Obama is planning to put more resources into community colleges, the entry point for many K-12 students focused on specific trades.

A new study re-examines the white-black achievement gap. It seems likely to prompt re-examinations of the No Child Left Behind Act, too.

A Pew survey shows that many scientists are frustrated by their profession's inability to communicate ideas to the public.

Malay-only will be the rule in math and science classes in Malaysia.

Some members of a panel convened by the Texas school board have suggested that minority historical figures get too much coverage in the social studies curriculum.

How does public opinion in the United States about the theory of evolution compare with attitudes and beliefs in foreign countries? A recent survey by the British Council, which describes itself as an international body that promotes cultural relations, offers some insights. The survey, which polled 10,000 adults across 10 countries, found that overall, a strong majority of respondents, 70 percent, have heard of Charles Darwin and know a little about evolution, the theory he pioneered. The United States ranked among the highest, with 71 percent of adults having that knowledge, as did Great Britain. Adults in other countries ...

For readers in the Washington area, biotechnology and science advocates are staging an event on Tuesday on the future of science education. It will look at how to strengthen science instruction in the nation's classrooms and at what role bioscience education can and should play. I've written a bit about efforts to integrate biotechnology into classrooms, as well as nanotechnology, which appears to be a growing area of interest among science educators....

State and federal policymakers, academic researchers and others have spent a lot of time thinking about how to increase the pool of U.S. students with interest and talent in math and science who study those subjects in college, and choose careers in related fields. Today, a coalition of business and education advocates have unveiled a computerized "simulation and modeling" tool aimed at providing insight on that topic. The modeling device will allow policymakers, researchers, and pretty much anybody with sufficient time and computer know-how to crunch data on students, teachers, and workforce trends in STEM to evaluate various education ...

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