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Let them learn science!

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by airtightnoodle

This is the cry of a new website entitled “Teach Them Science“.  The site does a nice job of explaining exactly why Texas’ science curriculum is important and how it impacts the entire country.  Visit the site to learn how Texas decides what teachers teach and to see how you can get involved.

Texas State Board of Education…science curriculum update

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The following info is from STAT (Science Teachers Association of Texas):

STAT President Mike Baldwin attended both the Public Education Committee meeting on July 16 and the State Board of Education meeting the 17th to discuss the revisions of the science curriculum.

In light of the English Language Arts TEKS adoption process, several science educators, including STAT President Mike Baldwin and Past-President Kevin Fisher, testified about the importance of involving science educators to develop quality standards for science.  Testimony stressed the need for a superior and transparent process that provides sufficient time and review necessary for developing a quality product.  STAT’s concern is that some SBOE members will try to indirectly diminish the quality of the science standards by diluting or discouraging the coverage of important science topics such as scientific inquiry, historical geology, and evolution.

You may read President Baldwin’s report on the meetings.

Public Education Committee meeting: http://www.statweb.org/news/7.16meeting.php.

State Board of Education meeting: http://www.statweb.org/news/7.17meeting.php.

Educators interested in the Public Education Committee meeting can view this meeting online at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/broadcasts.php?session=80&committeeCode=400

under the 07/16/08, 9:10 AM – 2:35 AM broadcast.

 

From STAT (science teachers association of Texas)

Posted in Education with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2008 by airtightnoodle

A recent email from STAT:

The State Board of Education Looks to Revise the Science Curriculum

We need you to get involved!

The Texas Education Agency is working on a Science TEKS proposal to send to the State Board of Education. On July 17-18, they are presenting “suggestions from the staff regarding timelines for a general process [which] will be presented to the board for consideration.”

On May 22nd, an English/ Language Arts/ Reading TEKS was passed that contained none of the revisions that educators proposed. This cannot be allowed to happen to our science curriculum. That is why we need your help to keep science in the classroom. We need warm bodies in the meeting in July to show that we mean business.

Please read this article and be prepared: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/stories/MYSA060108.1B.Sciencecurriculum.3a526e4.html

The SBOE is meeting here at the following dates starting at 9:00AM:

Texas Education Agency
1701 N Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

July 17-18, 2008
September 18-19, 2008
November 20-21, 2008