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The Special Needs of Science

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Science  29 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5330, pp. 1193
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5330.1193

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While efforts to set standards for science education face many of the same hurdles as those in mathematics, the diversity of the science community makes the job even tougher. Unlike in math, where there was a consensus in the community on what to cover, the science standards generated pitched battles within fields over content, and between disciplines over their relative importance. In addition, the emphasis on hands-on and lab activities puts increased pressure on an already crowded school day, not to mention tight budgets.