The Science of Sustainability

Under the Microscope: Science Struggles in Schools

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California ranks second-lowest in the U.S. in fourth and eighth grade science achievement, according to a recent study. Since a large part of California's economy is devoted to technology, it is vital that California get its students up to speed. How bad is the problem? And what are schools and informal science education organizations doing to fill the gap?

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Category: Education, General, Television

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Chris Bauer is a Freelance Media Producer with over 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. Some of his Quest stories have been featured in the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC. A 5th generation Bay Area resident and a graduate of St. Mary's College of California, his hobbies include canoeing, snowboarding, wood-working and trying to play the ukulele. He and his family live in Alameda, CA.
  • Wanda Gomez-Berger

    Merely an hour a week of perhaps just textbook 'science'. How appalling. And how does industry look to remedy this travesty? Why ignore our kids and just lobby Congress to accelerate bringing in foreigners!

    The black and white boxed kits shown in the Alameda science classroom are from Lawrence Hall of Science's FOSS project:
    and marketed by:

    One can't but wonder if this causation or correlation:
    California ranks educationally between 39th and 45th in the country;
    25% of California's kids are english Learners, i.e. have to learn english.