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of Under-represented Students in Science and Engineering Speak Out
the latest national science education/science literacy survey from
Bayer Corporation, despite the fact that women, African-Americans,
Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans are under-represented in
science and engineering (S&E) in the United States, parents
of these students are overwhelmingly confident that their children—both
boys and girls—can succeed in these subjects in school and
in the workplace.
The survey also
reveals a subtle gender bias. While almost all the parents believe
S&E careers are desirable for the children, 65% say they are
“very desirable” for the sons, but only 41% say “very
desirable” for their daughters. All parents were united in
their belief that the science and engineering communities need to
do a better job of making today’s students more aware of the
wide range of job opportunities available to them in these fields.
To view a copy
of the report, The Bayer Facts of Science Education XI: American
Parents Speak Out About Their Children and Science, go to http://www.bayerus.com/msms/news/facts.cfm?mode=detail&id=survey05.
In May, a House
Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its funding bill for the FY2006
programs at the National Science Foundation and a House Education
and Workforce subcommittee heard testimony from business and higher
education leaders on K-12 math and science education. Read more
in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_legupdate.htm).
Michael Padilla Becomes 2005–2006 NSTA President
On June 1, Dr.
Michael J. Padilla, a University of Georgia professor, began his
one-year term as president of NSTA. Padilla is an outstanding science
educator who is well-known for his leadership in and dedication
to the science teaching profession. He was a member of the Working
Group on Science Teaching Standards, which helped develop the National
Science Education Standards.He has served on numerous NSTA committees,
and in 1990 he chaired the planning committee for the NSTA National
Convention in Atlanta.
To learn more
about Dr. Padilla, go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_press.htm.
To read about his presidential theme, Developing a World View
for Science Education, visit http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_06_06_presmessage.htm.
are You Doin’ This Summer?
Are you teaching
summer school, working a summer job outside of education, going
back for some training, or just plain going fishin’? Curious
about what your colleagues are doing this summer? Let
us know your summer plans by taking this very short survey at http://science.nsta.org/survey_summer_2005,
then we’ll report back on the final results in a future issue
of NSTA Express. Thanks, and have a great summer from everyone
here at NSTA.
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studying to be a teacher or entering into or out of the education
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