In this op ed in the Baltimore Sun, two leading scientists Norman Augustine and S. James Gates, say science should be seen as a core subject for students, not just an afterthought or add-on.

They discuss their support for the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards as a way to help students think like scientists by asking questions, solving problems and analyzing outcomes. Newly created jobs will (and already do) put a premium on these habits of mind.

“Scientific thinking informs and enhances all that we do. It gives students an understanding of the world around them, inspires curiosity and discovery and inculcates logical thinking. And it leads to careers in any number of the growing science-related fields that cry out for new employees.”

Click here to read the full op ed in the Baltimore Sun (April 6, 2016)

Norman Augustine ( is the retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed-Martin, and former member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. S. James Gates ( is University System Regents Professor, the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Center for String and Particle Theory Director, and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); he is also vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education.

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