The Next Generation Science Standards: A Model of Mediocrity

I suggest that this is the crux of the matter! The matter of meaningful and effective education which surely is becoming more and more obviously destroyed, or at the very least, weakened. Even adulterated, by political influences and other agendas.

There are many reasons to question the path being followed by American culture and its global behaviour, but education lies at the foot of the future and that is the matter at hand.

Is this a problem for Australians to consider? As we historically follow American ways without independent consideration of our own issues and responsibilities, it seems likely! There may be logical reasons for such subservience, but the consequences should not be ignored.  Compromises are always an option.

In this case of science education, how should this trend be assessed? Is it natural evolution in education mistakenly considered to be a progressive improvement by inadequate people, or is it a deliberate ‘dumbing down’ of society? There has to be a logical reason for the retrograde trend.

From ‘Truth in American Education‘, this article by

The newest wave of national, top-down standards is the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), now adopted in 14 states.  While there are some outspoken critics of NGSS, the outcry has not been as loud as that against the math and English language arts common core standards, most likely because science standards do not cause angst at the dinner table in the evenings between parents and kids like the fuzzy math of common core.

The NGSS are performance rather than content standards.  This means that projects rule the day, allowing the teacher to be more of a “guide on the side” who oversees group projects.  Actual knowledge of content is not the goal of NGSS, which is a chief concern among critics of NGSS.  Furthermore, the NGSS are severely deficient in high school sciences that would support science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) fields.

Here are some of the glaring problems with the NGSS:

  • There are not enough chemistry standards for a stand-alone high school chemistry course.

  • High school physics is absent.

  • The high school engineering standards would require some high school physics and higher level mathematics than is expected in the aligned common core math standards; therefore, the engineering standards are low level.

  • The human body is missing.

  • Essential life science concepts are absent, such as “bacteria” and “virus”; cytology (design and function of cells) is woefully lacking with no mention of protein structure or functions, cellular feedback mechanisms, or cell and tissue types.

  • Practical everyday science, such as electrical circuits, is given only brief mention in the lower grade levels, while the more politically charged subject of climate change is very prominent.

  • More than 50% of the science standards have an “assessment boundary” which specifically state what will not or should not be tested, creating a teach-to-the-test mentality.

  • More than 90% of the standards have a “clarification statement” which reads like a Standards for Dummies explanation on how exactly to teach the standard, including what to say to students and which examples to provide (detailed prompting).

  • Evolution is given prominence in the standards, to the exclusion of other important content.

  • Many of the standards are based on junk science, too many scientific assumptions, and correlational studies.

  • The Thomas B. Fordham Institute conducted a review of the NGSS and 55 sets of other standards from around the country.  While Fordham would be expected to rate the NGSS highly because of their prior defense of common core, they rated NGSS as 26th in the total list of 56 standards.  Translation:  NGSS are just average.   Mediocre

The complete article is linked here.

A relevant reference:

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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5 Responses to The Next Generation Science Standards: A Model of Mediocrity

  1. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Yes, the ability of humans to rationally recognize the benevolence of reality is being systematically destroyed.

  2. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    The unanswered question is Why?”

    • True!
      Part of the answer would seem to be the power of the world dominators to influence politicians, educators and the media, who in turn influence the public.

      Very efficient brain-washing.

      It is still a surprise that highly educated and intelligent people, in general also fall for the lies and propaganda. Although often jobs and/or incomes are threatened and some simply choose to “go along”. Some of them even believe that the “greater” good for the upper echelon and perhaps the planet, coming from the population control, regime changes, industrial capacity reduction, and depopulation agenda, etc., is actually logical. (As long as it is not themselves that suffer).
      Another part does in fact seem unanswerable – most of the people are simply unaware of the reality of the world’s evils. Why are they not able to recognize the truth, and even vehemently argue against it! Why is the brainwashing so effective? I guess that it is too widespread and strong. Also that people do not really want to believe that such evil exists.
      Our activist truth publishing lacks the effectiveness it deserves, because most of our readers are ‘converted’ because they have had the interest in learning truth. That leaves the greater majority who remain members of the ‘ignorant masses’.

      • Jason Calley says:

        Hey Ken, there are some great insights in your comment.

        You say, “It is still a surprise that highly educated and intelligent people, in general also fall for the lies and propaganda.”

        I think that in general discussions we all tend to conflate “education” with “training” and “intelligent” with “easily programmed”. Neither of those are the same as a good ability to reason or come to accurate conclusions. Much so-called education is nothing more than being exposed to predigested opinions. Much so-called intelligence is nothing more than the ability to soak up those opinions quickly and efficiently. Neither of those require any practice of logic or analysis.

        Knowledge is power, and as the world has shifted to a more complex technological basis, those with knowledge acquire more and more power, not only over their environment, but over their own lives as well. Control over one’s own life is the last thing that The Powers That Be want the average citizen to have — so the average citizen is increasingly being made to stay ignorant and unable to think clearly. This is a dangerous trend. Yes, it is easier to control ignorant masses, but TPTB run the risk of dumbing down the population to the point that our technological civilization can no longer maintain itself. Why would they run the risk? Because they are psychopaths. Even more accurately, they are psychopaths who share an insane desire for power over others.

      • Thanks Jason, your comment is appreciated.

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