Maryland taking lead on new science standards
The next step in national standards seems to be science which are being written by 20 states including Maryland based on a framework developed by the National Academy of Sciences. Given the level of angst about STEM by business and higher education leaders, I have always been surprised that the same level of attention is not given to those subjects in classrooms. One of the concerns about any attempt to write national standards for history or science was that politics would interfere. Would everyone argue over whether to teach evolution or global warming or some controversial aspect of history?
While this may not be an issue in Maryland where evolution and global warming have been taught, it could be troublesome for a state like Texas. But so far the 20 states have gotten past this hurdle by making adoption of the standards voluntary and having a panel of scientists and educators write the framework. Achieve is once again organizing the effort and these standards may well follow shortly behind the Common Core math and language arts curriculum now being put together by the state based on the national standards.