Nearly every person who grabbed the microphone at a state education hearing Tuesday night offered a different reason why they believed the proposed standards for teaching Utah students about science were faulty, inaccurate or skewed.
The public meeting Tuesday was the final of six for Utah parents and teachers to comment on the science standards after the state Board of Education voted to release them in early January for feedback. For more than 90 minutes, the attendees waved peer-reviewed journals and flashed credentials to argue their opposition.
The new standards, though, were based on guidelines set by the Next Generation of Science Standards developed by a consortium of national experts. And science educators throughout the state were largely behind the push for the updates, appealing to school board members for months to say that their classroom learning goals were outdated and some were based on since-disproven material.
The teaching guidelines, if approved by the board, would apply to Utah students in kindergarten through fifth grade, with the last changes made in 2010, and in high school, with the last revisions made in 2002. Middle school guidelines for the state were approved in 2015, setting the stage for much of the current debate.
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