Science has been neglected in recent years, as schools focused on reading and math. But, starting in 2007-08, No Child Left Behind requires states to test students in science at three grade levels. Science instruction is getting attention again, Education Week reports.
(Teacher Melissa) Jaeger served on a committee in her district that met over a two-year period to study Michigan’s state standards for science and then adopted benchmarks for what students should be learning in each grade. A major challenge was eliminating redundancy in lesson plans between grade levels, she said. Certain topics, such as the life cycle of butterflies, the study of dinosaurs, or earth science generally, were popular among teachers in nearly every grade, she recalled. Other concepts, such as astronomy, were receiving scant attention, the committee found.
I went to school in the alleged good old days. We had no science instruction till fifth grade,and no serious science instruction till seventh grade. I sure could tell an oak leaf from a maple though. And I was strong on the duck-billed platypus.