Please watch and share this video, and then comment for our State Board.
Comment here: http://www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/science/Revision.aspx Even though, the form requests specific comments on specific standards, it is perfectly acceptable to provide general comments on the standards as a whole or the process as a whole.
Unless massive amounts of people speak up, the adoption of these standards is already a done deal.
The legislature has made public comment and parent committees a requirement, since We, the People, complained about this lack when the Common Core standards were adopted. Take advantage of the opportunity to weigh in on what our children should learn about science in this state, and how much of it should be exactly the same as every other state. (Just curious how we get diversity of thought in scientific inquiry, if everyone is taught the same things in the same way?)
Here is a link to the Next Generation Science Standards that, if we adopt grades 6-8, will almost assuredly be adopted throughout K-12. http://www.nextgenscience.org/ For fun, search certain terms in their search box to see where the emphasis of the K-12 standards would be. Make sure to put things in quotes, e.g. "digestive system" or "climate change" or electron to look for those words as a pair. Utah has made some adjustments, but if they are essentially NGSS, rest assured that all the materials that will be used in the classroom will be based on NGSS. The changes Utah has made will have minimal impact.
Every set of standards, of late, that has been adopted or considered has been based on national standards. There is no evidence that national standards improve education, but it is true that parents have less say and less impact on what is taught in their local schools the further away they are from those who make the decisions.
For more information on the standards, see my previous posts. Please share with 5 of your friends and submit your comments to the State Board!
State Board needs to Prove the new standards are better: http://wendy4asd.blogspot.com/2015/05/state-standards-burden-of-proof-rests.html
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