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June 08, 2013

Teacher Inquiry Gives Students a Voice Too

These teachers, by constantly tinkering together, have taken ownership of their classroom practice, and in so doing, given themselves and their students a real voice in what goes on.

January 22, 2013

19 Year Old Zack Kopplin Challenges Public Funding of Creationist Schools

You may have heard recently about a 19 year old activist who has been shaking things up in Louisiana. Zack Kopplin cares about science, and when creationists attempted to sway the science textbook process in 2010, he got involved. More recently he has been fighting the diversion of public funds to schools that teach creationism. I asked him to share a bit about his work.

June 30, 2012

Jack Hassard: The National Science Teachers Association Takes on the NextGen Science Standards

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Originally posted here. Standards development, such as in science, is a big enterprise, and one that will result in huge profits for corporations, and will cost school districts billions to carry out over the next few years. For the past two years, Achieve and the Carne...

April 30, 2012

Karl Wheatley: Has Direct Instruction Banished Exploration? Not So Fast!

Guest post by Karl Wheatley A recent guest post here by John Thompson, Neither Teacher-less nor Teacher-proof: Constructivism Meets Guided Instruction, led to a lively discussion in the comments. I asked one reader to expand on his thoughts, and this post is the result. Here we go again ... How ...

April 24, 2012

Jack Hassard: Creationism Creeps Into Louisiana and Tennessee Science Classrooms

Guest post by Jack Hassard. This post originally appeared here. Over the past four years, two states have passed laws that protect teachers if they present "scientific information pertaining to the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution in applicable curricula or...

April 08, 2012

Peddling Panic: Biased Survey Promotes National Science Standards

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Achieve, Inc. stands to make a lot of money for its work creating new science standards. It might not surprise us, therefore, that a survey they commissioned favors the adoption of these standards. But we need to look at these results with skepticism. Does US competitive...

March 06, 2012

Jack Hassard: Are Science Standards Taught as if they were Bricks?

Guest Post by Jack Hassard. In the last post we used science education research to show how accountability standards in science education today pose barriers to meaningful learning in science. Today, we extend this theme, and show that the theory of learning underlying the accountability standards...

March 05, 2012

Jack Hassard: A Skeptical Look at Science Standards

Guest Post by Jack Hassard. Over the next two posts I am going to focus on standards- and test-based educational reform with an eye toward opening a conversation about how standards and high-stakes tests might actually impede science teaching and learning. We begin by examining the science standar...

July 23, 2011

Complex Thinking is not Tested and Won't be Taught

Marion Brady offers us some words to chew over this morning: Kids can't be taught to think better using tests that can't measure how well they think. The logic should be obvious. What gets tested gets taught. Complex thinking skills -- skills essential to survival--can't be tested, so they don't g...

February 26, 2011

Teaching Controversy where None Exists: The Fight over Evolution and Global Warming

from Tennessee comes the news that conservative lawmakers there are working on a law that will require science educators there to "teach the controversies" regarding evolution and climate change.

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