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Science "Left Behind" in American Schools

You may have seen the recent commercials showing a child raising flags representing America's standing in school ranking world-wide. I came across an article for the same campaign that shared some striking, but unfortunately not surprising, statistics. According to the "One Nation Left Behind" program, 20 countries outscore the US in science education and 93% of US middle [...]

Hands-on Science at Home: Needless or Necessary?

Some of us grew up with fantastic science teachers. Mrs. Russell, Mr. Steward, and Mr. Landis are names that you won’t necessarily recognize, but they’re the three science teachers I’ve had in my entire lifetime. I will never forget them, because they were and are awesome science teachers. (Forget the fact that I graduated with less than 20 kids in my [...]

Why Early Childhood Science Education is Important

Steve Spangler recently participated in #TeacherFriends Twitter chat and met some amazing teachers. Here are the questions and his longer-formatted answers about science education today. 1. Why is early childhood science education important? For young learners, science is just an extension of their everyday world. We don’t have to teach young children how to wonder, discover, and explore through play because they do [...]

Do You Love or Hate Back to School Supply Shopping?

The smell of 24 newly sharpened pencils is in the air - it must be time for Back to School supply shopping. It's an emotional and expensive time of year for parents. Their babies are taking another step towards adulthood - entering a new grade and sometimes even a new school - be it kindergarten, middle school, high school or college. Don't forget [...]

School Supplies For All

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite days of the year (besides Christmas Day) was the day the newspaper posted the list of required school supplies, and Mom took us to the drug store  to buy them. I loved looking at that list, and Mom always let me put the little checkmark beside the items as we put them [...]

Education for Every Child Based on Their Individual Interests and Learning Needs

Let's stop arguing and let teachers teach.  As our public education system slips and slides down the international scale of standards and knowledge, our students and teachers are paying the price in a system run by fear and teaching to the test. What has happened to education in America? A simple answer is politics. Instead of working together to improve a once solid system, [...]

In Her Own Words – One Teacher's Support for Full Day Kindergarten Funding

Education remains a huge part of the national debate - how do we fund it, maintain competitive teacher salaries, encourage thoughtful learning, teach to the test and fairly equalize learning opportunities for all American children? In Colorado, two of our state's largest school districts have "reformer" school board majorities. These Board of Education members lack the expertise and experience needed to make [...]