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Comment on the Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards represent a tremendous opportunity to strengthen science education in the United States, but also a tremendous risk.
Dozens of states have signed up to consider replacing their existing standards with these new ones. NGSS could revolutionize the US science curriculum, doing great good if they live up to their promise: if evolution and climate change are covered accurately, if they are integrated throughout the curriculum and across grade levels, if the nature of science is presented honestly and incorporated throughout the curriculum, and if the standards are adopted widely by the states.
If the standards undercut or skimp on evolution and climate change, or inadvertently include language that can be abused by creationists or climate change deniers, they will pose a great danger to science education for decades to come.
The National Center for Science Education has been active throughout the review process, and the standards are nearly complete. The final public review is under way, and we need your help.
You can review the standards and leave your own comments for the drafters by visiting the NGSS website. That process can be technical and time-intensive, but there's another way to get involved.
By signing below, we'll be able to tell the drafters that you and many other concerned citizens stand behind our review, and will be ready to help implement those honest, thorough standards in their states.
We, the undersigned citizens, scientists, clergy, parents, students, and teachers, stand behind the principles represented by the National Center for Science Education's review of the Next Generation Science Standards.
In particular, we believe that state standards must:
The comment period has closed. Thank you for your overwhelming support.