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Garners Media Coverage Nationwide
math education was front and center last week as evidenced by the
media coverage of the December 14 release of the Trends in International
Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). An article in The Associated
Press (AP), which goes to newspapers nationwide, reports "The
2003 international results show some promise for the United States,
including a shrinking achievement gap between black and white students,
a federal priority. Yet several countries, particularly in Asia,
continue to outperform the United States in science and technology,
fields at the heart of research, innovation, and economic competitiveness."
NSTA Executive Director Gerald Wheeler is quoted in the AP story,
saying "The lack of improvement at the elementary level does
not surprise us. We've been hearing from many elementary teachers
that they are not teaching science because of the increased emphasis
on literacy. Science is essentially being squeezed out of the elementary
classroom." To read these and other reports on the TIMSS, go
Instruction: Is It the Most Effective Science-Teaching Strategy?
In recent weeks,
writers in the education and mainstream press have questioned and
explored what the research says about the best instructional approaches
for teaching science. Unfortunately, terms such as "discovery
learning" and "direct instruction" are being frequently
misused and commonly misunderstood. NSTA hopes to clarify the issue
and provide you with insights on this important topic. We encourage
you to read the article by NSTA President Anne Tweed, which will
appear in the January issue of NSTA Reports. http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/education_story.php?news_story_ID=50045.
See below to
link to various news stories and letters to the editor on this issue.
Could Alter Science Teaching," Education Week, November
Testing's Impact on Teaching and Learning"
Education Week, December 1, 2004 (Letter to the Editor)
Science Instruction Requires Clear Definitions"
Education Week, December 8, 2004 (Letter to the Editor)
In two separate
articles, Wall Street Journal reporter Sharon Begley also
addressed the topic of research in science education. The first
article, "The Best Ways to Make Schoolchildren Learn? We Just
Don't Know," appeared on December 10, and the second article,
"To Improve Education, We Need Clinical Trials To Show What
Works" appeared on December 17. The articles are available
to subscribers only at http://www.wsj.com.
In response to the first article, NSTA President Anne Tweed submitted
to the editor (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_12_20_tweed.htm).
Advantage of Special 2004 Teacher's Tax Deduction: Up to $250 For
Out-of-Pocket Purchases before Dec. 31
Dig out those
receipts, buy a last-minute holiday gift that benefits you and your
but do it by the end of 2004. Recent tax legislation
signed into law included an extension of the "above-the-line"
tax deduction for teachers for the first $250 "out-of-pocket"
you spend on instructional materials and classroom supplies. Originally
passed in 2002, the legislation had expired at the end of 2003,
but was extended for 2004 and 2005 calendar years. For the full
story, go to http://www.nea.org/lac/edtax/index.html.
And of course, we invite your consideration of the books in NSTA's
Science Store, and particularly our newest titles published by NSTA
Press which you can browse free online when you visit http://www.nsta.org/pressnew.
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Holidays from the NSTA Express StaffSee You in 2005!
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