Teaching Science for All
Metz, Steve, The Science Teacher
Byline: Steve Metz
NSTA's mission is clearly stated: "...to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching for all." NSTA takes the "for all" part of its mission very seriously. A major guiding principle of this organization is to "embrace and model diversity through equity, respect, and opportunity for all" (NSTA 2006a). Similarly, the National Science Education Standards list "science for all students" as an essential guiding principle (NRC 1996, p. 19). All students should have the opportunity to participate in the exciting discoveries of science.
In many of our inner-city schools, poverty and a nearly absolute segregation combine to make fixing urban schools "the most desperate problem in American education today," according to Bruno V. Manno, senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (NSTA 2006b). Jonathan Kozol echoes this theme in his provocative book The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America (Kozol 2005). Nearly 11 million children in the United States-one in four …
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Publication information: Article title: Teaching Science for All. Contributors: Metz, Steve - Author. Journal title: The Science Teacher. Publication date: March 2006. Page number: 8+. © 2009 National Science Teachers Association. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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