This article (from The New York Times) is very interesting, though depressing - showing that American students are much less proficient in science than in other disciplines (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/education/26test.html). As many of my blog readers likely know, K to 12 science education is one of our district goals for this year, and I am hopeful that we will see some improvements to science education (especially in our elementary schools) in the upcoming year.
UPDATE: Here's another article summarizing the same study (http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20110125/US.Report.Card.Science/).
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.