According to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 30 percent of parents with children in kindergarten through fifth grade say that their child’s school put too little emphasis on science curricula. There is a need in science education today to “spark learning” and genuine curiosity in young students. Students feel forced to understand and memorize facts instead of figuring out the reason why the answer is that answer.
This ignorance of science is one of the main reasons why the Next Generation of Science Standards was developed. NGSS is a “multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.” Minnesota teacher Mary Colson, a contributor to the development of the new standards, said that the standards aim to get the students thinking more like a scientist. Other efforts like the Mission Science Workshop, an abandoned workshop that was converted into a learning space for elementary students in San Francisco, provide opportunities for students in the form of classroom enrichment, after-school programs and summer programs.
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