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Documentary explores California’s science deficit

By Katy Murphy
Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 11:01 am in curriculum, NCLB, school reform, science, students, teachers, test scores.

Many consider California to be a cutting-edge state, brimming with innovation. So why do its schools rank among the last in the nation on standardized science tests?

KQED explored these questions in a 25-minute documentary, “Under the Microscope: Science Struggles in Schools.” I meant to post this on Tuesday, the night it aired, but you can watch the 25-minute show here:

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  • LC

    As an elementary teacher at a Reading First school, I know first-hand the lack of science teaching that gets done in our schools. I am a first year teacher, but I student taught out-of-state in a school where I taught science almost every day. Here, i teach it once a week, but I know that I am the only teacher in my grade level even doing that. There is a requirement to teach ELA for 2.5 hours every day, but that is the only subject with a time requirement that I am aware of. The only way to fit in science or social studies is to cut some time out of there. I feel like I am doing a disservice to my students if I do not fit in at least some science. I may be more prepared to teach reading and math, but I would never be so selfish as to withhold that science learning from my students just because “I don’t enjoy it.” (although in reality I actually do enjoy teaching science a lot)