Empowering Science Teachers

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Science  04 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6081, pp. 519
DOI: 10.1126/science.1223116

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At any one time, there are thousands of U.S. Graduate Students with strong Science expertise and an interest in education who would be more than qualified to stem the critical shortage of secondary chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and biology teachers, but who will most likely never set foot in a high-school (precollege) classroom. Instead, nearly all of them are choosing to pursue research rather than to teach the science that fascinates them to young people. To change this situation, and the widespread lack of understanding and appreciation for science in the United States, it is critical to pinpoint the major source of the problem.