On September 8, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved new science standards. The board voted 6-1 to approve the standards, which will introduce climate change in Nebraska high school science classes for the first time.

During an hourlong hearing, 14 people testified in favor of the standards, many urging the board to retain the new language addressing climate change.

Others said they liked the way the standards will emphasize hands-on learning over memorization.

Chad Brassil, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said the standards represent “good solid science, good solid science education.”

“The methods in these standards are fantastic in that they engage students in the process of science: looking at data, analyzing data, generating hypotheses, thinking about models. They ask the students to act like scientists.”\

Click here to read the full story in the Omaha World-Herald (September 9, 2017)

Click here to read a story on the National Center for Science Education website.

 

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