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In the June 28 edition of The New York Times, writer Michael Winerip tells the story of Georgia middle school science teacher Pat New, a veteran educator who came under intense pressure from parents, students, and even her principal and district supervisor to downplay the teaching of evolution. New, who recounted her story only after she retired, “quietly stood up for her right to teach evolution in this rural northern Georgia community, and prevailed” writes Winerip, by invoking Georgia's science standards that calls for teaching evolution. ''What saved me, was I didn't have to argue evolution with these people. All I had to say was, 'I'm following state standards,' '' said New. To read more, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_10_georgia.htm.
Leading business groups are calling on Congress to do more with the competitiveness/science and math education legislation this year; the House of Representatives approves appropriations for FY2007 NSF education programs; the Department of Education notifies Pell-eligible students about the new grants for math and science majors; and a federal commission issues a harsh report on higher education. Read all about it in this issue of the NSTA Legislative Update (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2006_07_10_legupdate.htm).
The Science Teacher, NSTA's journal for secondary science teachers, invites teachers to submit questions for the journal’s “Ask the Experts” department. Previous questions include, “Why does the Moon appear larger in winter?” or “Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of its container?” Questions can come from teachers or students. In addition, the journal is always looking for experts from industry, research, and government to volunteer their time to answer questions. To submit questions, or to volunteer as an expert, e-mail department editor Marc Rosner at MARosner@aol.com.
The summer issues of the NSTA journals are now available online. Science and Children (grades PreK – 6) features technology in the elementary classroom; Science Scope (grades 6 – 9) focuses on creative connections; and The Science Teacher (grades 9 – 12) recommends science reading for all. The Journal of College Science Teaching also features a full line-up of timely articles.
Members can access all articles online using their member number; nonmembers can read one free article from each journal every month. To view the complete table of contents for each journal, visit the links below.
Science Class, your NSTA e-newsletter, explores the same themes and provides additional online resources, such as news stories, SciLinks, and articles from the NSTA journal archives. Look for it in your e-mail inbox on the first Wednesday of every month. Miss an issue? Visit the Science Class archives at http://www.nsta.org/enewsletter/archives.htm.
Missing Your NSTA Reports? Though the print version of NSTA Reports has been on break this summer, NSTA Reports Online has been busy keeping you informed with Online Exclusive news stories. These stories are part of the NSTA WebNews Digest at http://www.nsta.org/mainnews, where NSTA Reports now has its own "tab" on the far right. Or you can go directly to http://www.nsta.org/nstanews for the latest science education news.
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