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A Way to Heal Science Education, But Is There the Political Will?

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Science  24 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5999, pp. 1582-1583
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5999.1582

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The Obama Administration received bold advice last week from two presidentially appointed bodies on how to improve math and science education in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. The reports focus on different aspects of the problem, but they share one important theme: The nation can't produce the scientifically literate workforce it needs unless everyone—elected officials, scientists, the private sector, and the public—pays more attention to the topic. Science education advocates have already embraced that message, but implementing it will be much more difficult.