Science smarts


  • Randy Showstack


Saying that America's economic future depends on science and that U.S. schools are not adequately educating students, U.S. Rep.Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) on April 11 introduced three pieces of Congressional legislation to reform science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education for children in kindergarten through grade 12.

The National Science Education Act would set up a working group of scientists and educators to investigate the scope, sequence, and content of curricula; the bill also would direct the National Science Foundation to establish a program for experienced teachers to train peers in inquiry-oriented educational techniques. The National Science Education Enhancement Act would offer professional development opportunities for science and math teachers. The National Science Education Incentive Act would provide tax credits to new science and math teachers and to businesses that provide assistance to local schools.