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California Adopts Controversial Standards

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Science  16 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5388, pp. 387-389
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5388.387

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A new set of science education standards approved last week by the California Board of Education has been sharply attacked by many science education reformers, who contend that they focus too much on detailed knowledge and too little on concepts. The standards reflect California's first attempt to spell out what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should learn about science and follow on the heels of mathematics standards that were even more hotly contested before their adoption last December (Science, 29 August 1997, p. 1194).