Quanta Magazine, an online magazine to enhance public understanding of research developments in mathematics and the physical and life sciences, is taking an in-depth look at changes in science and math education. In a four-part series, Pencils Down: Experiments in Education, reporters examine the new developments in education, including the Next Generation Science Standards, and the impact they are having on science education.
CHAPTER 1: PLAN (October 5, 2016)
Meet the New Math, Unlike the Old Math
By Kevin Hartnett
The latest effort to overhaul math and science education offers a fundamental rethinking of the basic structure of knowledge. But will it be given time to work?
CHAPTER 2: TEACH (October 11, 2016)
The Art of Teaching Math and Science
By Thomas Lin, Siobhan Roberts, Natalie Wolchover and Emily Singer
The impasse in math and science instruction runs deeper than test scores or the latest educational theory. What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines?
CHAPTER 3: STUDY (October 18, 2016)
A Wormhole Between Physics and Education
By Thomas Lin
The theoretical particle physicist Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.
CHAPTER 4: SHARE (October 20, 2016)
Do You Love or Hate Math and Science?
By Thomas Lin
Quanta Magazine invites readers to share about their early math and science learning experiences and to explore the interactive survey results.