on May 19, 2003
Is science taught?
I donít disagree that, "Since I can remember, science was seen as
something for only a few and even a subject for nerdy types." But who
is it that sees science this way?
It certainly wasnít the developers of the first wave of elementary
science materials, that is SCIS, ESS and SAPA . I can remember going to
lots of classrooms of all types in Berkeley and Oakland where SCIS was
developed and popular with children and teachers, the same was true for
the extensive development of ESS in, for example, Washington DC
classrooms. . Similarly, later curriculum and professional development
efforts have attempted to reach a wide range of classrooms, including
all socio-economic sectors. Whatever the reasons for getting inquiry
science to all children, I donít think it was because the programs
werenít appropriate for everyone.
The question for the LSC legacy is whether inquiry science in
elementary classrooms is seen by school districts as a necessary,
appropriate and worthwhile subject for ALL children. When I read the
posters, I realize how strong the factors are that mitigate against