Are we still teaching science at grade schools?

January 21, 2008 | By | Reply More

We’re barely teaching science at grade schools in the Bay area.  Here are the findings of an extensive October 2007 study done by UC Berkeley.  You can read an article on this study at the website of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here are the main findings of the study:

— 80 percent of teachers say they spend less than an hour each week teaching science.

— 16 percent of the elementary teachers say they teach no science at all.

— Ten times as many teachers say they feel unprepared to teach science than feel unprepared to teach math or reading.

— Fewer than half of Bay Area fifth-graders scored at grade level or above on last spring’s California Standards Test in science.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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