State seeks input on science standards
Five years after Florida's battle over science standards (or, really, over evolution), the state is at it again.
The State Board of Education is considering whether to move from Florida's standards, still considered by some to be among the worst in the country, to the national Next Generation Science Standards. Board members and the commissioner have remained non-committal in their comments, instead waiting to hear what the public has to say this time.
You can submit your comments here through June 30.
State science advocates, including Florida Citizens for Science and FSU physics professor Paul Cottle, aren't waiting for the anti-forces to pur forth to rouse support for the proposal. They've been blogging and sending out letters urging Floridians to encourage the State Board to adopt the NGSS. At the same time, they're trying not to attract opposition.
"We’ve been told that if the Florida public review results in a majority of negative comments, the DoE will drop consideration of the NGSS and not even put them before the Board of Education for adoption," Florida Citizens for Science president Joe Wolf wrote in a letter to supporters. "For the time being, Florida Citizens for Science will keep a fairly low profile and instead work behind the scenes and network with other science education advocates in this review effort. We would prefer to not stir up the opposition too much, if possible."
Twenty-six states are listed as lead partners in this national initiative to create, essentially, a common core for science. Florida isn't one at this time.