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Beyond the 3D Conception of an Orbital Model

Dr. Carolyn Keys argues (https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.20470) that standards should embody “a language that connects the learning objectives with the types thinking and reasoning to achieve them.” They do not because “separation” is the hallmark of standards writing. Science education has intentionally separated content from process for a long time. Content objectives appeared as specific propositions andContinue reading “Beyond the 3D Conception of an Orbital Model”

Accept or Reject the NGSS? A More Fundamental Question

Recently, Diane Ravitch posted on her blog Jack Hassard’s review of Beyond Science Standards (https://dianeravitch.net/2021/12/06/jack-hassard-teaching-science-with-art-not-standards/). The post prompted exchanges about the standards and reform politics, mostly tangential to my perspectives. I have responded as follows: To their credit, the NGSS has elevated the status of engineering education—a dramatic improvement in school science. In the 1990sContinue reading “Accept or Reject the NGSS? A More Fundamental Question”

Beyond science standards: play, art, coherence, community

by Charles “Kip” Ault (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) Read Reviews at Rowman & Littlefield For over 150 years the science education community  has pursued the holy grail of scientific literacy predicated upon a unified nature of science. That vision has failed. Curriculum needs to embody the basis for placing trust in the sciences society dependsContinue reading “Beyond science standards: play, art, coherence, community”

2020 Vision

If I learned anything from Kip as a young teacher, it was to teach children from where they are—conceptually, emotionally, and physically. Right now, where we are is in the middle of a pandemic, a national reckoning with racial injustice, and the impacts of climate change. Some of us are learning and teaching from home.Continue reading “2020 Vision”


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