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A Back-to-School Night presentation encouraging parents to support and foster science literacy in their children. Discusses the current trends for science literacy among Americans, examines the ...

A Back-to-School Night presentation encouraging parents to support and foster science literacy in their children. Discusses the current trends for science literacy among Americans, examines the disadvantages and advantages of a population literate in science. (2006)

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America Is Failing Science America Is Failing Science Presentation Transcript

  • WELCOME Biology I Room 105
  • America Is Failing Science The Case for Improving Science Literacy
    • NCLB will require states to administer standardized tests in science for three grades beginning in SY 2007-8.
    Standardized Science Tests Arrive
  • We must get and keep young students engaged in science curriculum!
  • WHY? WHY? WHY?
  • America’s Quiet Crisis
    • 1. Steady decrease in investment in research and development
    • 2. Corporate focus upon short-term products in hopes of yielding quick profits
    • Are We Losing Our Edge? in Time
  • America’s Quiet Crisis
    • 3. The quality of education in math and science has plummeted, leading to a drop in the number of students majoring in technical fields in college (and ultimately graduate school).
    • Are We Losing Our Edge? in Time
  • Americans Are Distracted
    • “ In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears - and that is our problem.”
    • Thomas Friedman, author
    • The World is Flat
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  • It’s a Global Playing Field
    • “ The ambitious everywhere can compete across borders against one another.”
    • Thomas Friedman, author
    • The World is Flat
    • “ … other places, like England, Hong Kong and new Zealand, are improving faster, and some, like Singapore and Japan, are miles ahead. ”
    • “ Even eight graders in much poorer countries like Estonia and Hungary outperformed their U.S. peers, who came in ninth of 44 nations on the science portion of the test.”
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    • “ Perhaps even more important than the struggle of U.S. students to keep pace with their international peers is their failure to keep up in enthusiasm for the subject.”
  • Common Student Attitudes towards Science
    • “ I associated engineering with long, boring assignments. No one showed me why it was cool.”
    • Ian Ybarra, MIT alum and writer
    • “ U.S. elementary school kids spend an average of just 16 minutes a day on science, and that’s dwindling to zero in many schools.”
    Elementary Science Foundation is Weak
  • A Mile Wide but an Inch Deep
    • “…[facing] daunting curricular goals- U.S. science texts usually cover many more topics than international ones do.”
    Looking for a Lab-coat Idol in Time (2/13/2006) By Rebecca Winters Keegan with Amanda Bower
  • Science Excellence Helps Everyone
    • The accomplishments of scientists of the 20th century are heroic
      • They won the wars
      • They got us to the moon
      • They protected us from polio and dozens of other illnesses
  • Science Excellence Helps Everyone
    • The accomplishments of scientists of the 20th century are heroic
      • most importantly, the result has been a standard of living far higher than that of any other country
  • Lack of Science Excellence Hurts Everyone
    • “ If the U.S. doesn’t get its act together, DuPont is going to go to the countries that do, and so are IBM and Intel. ”
    • - Chad Holliday, CEO DuPont
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  • Science and engineering are growing job sectors. This trend will continue into the future.
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  • By encouraging Higher order thinking knowledge comprehension application analysis synthesis evaluation
  • Science Education Helps Students Excel in Any Career Field
    • “ [Consulting firms] love the fact that science majors can think analytically, that we’re comfortable with numbers. ”
    • Melisa Gao, BS Chemistry
    • Princeton University
    • pursued entry-level positions in
    • consulting and investment banking