Georgia Science Education
Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education
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The pattern is obvious, and compromising Georgias education for sectarian politics damages our state both educationally and economically. At a time when our state is desperately trying to court high-tech industries, these science standards encourage them to look elsewhere--at other states that have completely adopted the AAAS benchmarks. Companies will continue to bypass Georgia unless we adopt a real "world-class curriculum," as GADOE claims is their goal.
What students learn in high school directly impacts not only which college they enter, but what they know when, and if, they graduate from college. The more time college students and professors have to spend reviewing things that should have been covered in high school science, the less time there is to learn college-level material and to become competitively placed for employment after college. High-tech companies look for locations with highly skilled workers, but Georgia has a shortage of such workers. Improving K-12 education by incorporating all of the AAAS benchmarks will help solve that problem.
We strongly encourage the state of Georgia to incorporate the entirety of the AAAS benchmarks. A complete science education is essential to scientific literacy and to our state's economy.