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Robert Bevins
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If you are in Kentucky, sign and share. If you have friends in Kentucky, share and tag them. We need to be louder than anti-science and anti-public education groups.
 
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Thank you. This is one of the ways that we will hold on to our hard fought gains for #science  #education. #NGSS   #evolution   #climate
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If you are in Kentucky, sign and share. If you have friends in Kentucky, share and tag them. We need to be louder than anti-science and anti-public education groups.
 
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Thank you. This is one of the ways that we will hold on to our hard fought gains for #science  #education. #NGSS   #evolution   #climate
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If you are in Kentucky, sign and share. If you have friends in Kentucky, share and tag them. We need to be louder than anti-science and anti-public education groups.
 
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From Richard Innes of the Bluegrass Institute: I certainly hope the KBE reconsiders these standards with more care.

As climate and evolution arguments swirl around Kentucky’s adoption of
the new Next Generation Science Standards, some very important, far more basic issues are being totally overlooked.

Essentially, the new standards cut off science at the 10th grade level.

While NextGen Science does include topics from high school biology, usually a 10th grade course, much material covered in standard high school chemistry and physics courses is absent.

In fact, “Front Matter” in the NextGen’s own web site proclaims, “The NGSS do not define advanced work in the sciences,” making it clear – students who want to go into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will need additional coursework.

But, there is no guarantee Kentucky’s students will ever get that additional
instruction.

Thanks to a legal concept called “Fair Notice,” I suspect that material omitted from the state’s standards cannot appear on state tests. Kentuckians know what happens to coursework that schools are not held accountable for. It often vanishes.

NextGen Science has other remarkable deficiencies. For example, coverage of current flow in closed electrical circuits is very limited. Terms like “volt,” “voltage” and “insulator” are totally absent. With electrical systems all around us, this omission has real consequences – even safety implications. Good luck explaining the dangers of downed power lines.

The Kentucky Board of Education has a chance to fix these deficiencies in its forthcoming August meeting. For the sake of our kids’ futures, I earnestly hope they do so.

Richard G. Innes
Staff Education Analyst
Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions
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If you are in Kentucky, sign and share. If you have friends in Kentucky, share and tag them. We need to be louder than anti-science and anti-public education groups.
 
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If you are in Kentucky, sign and share. If you have friends in Kentucky, share and tag them. We need to be louder than anti-science and anti-public education groups.
 
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I urge all of you, even if you don't normally get involved in state politics, find out if your state is considering adoption of the NGSS, and if so, let the relevant committees know that you support the standards. Find your state's citizens for science group and help them recruit support. 

The opponents of quality science education are organized and can rouse an angry mob overnight. We need to meet them with a rational rabble. Not every state has a governor that will take a stand for science education.
 
This has been a rollercoaster of a day.

Several KSE board members and supporters went to Frankfort today for the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee meeting. 

I (+Robert Bevins) offered testimony in favor of the standards as the representative of the pro-NGSS group, and came to the conclusion before I was done responding to questions and comments from the committee members that the subcommittee had already come to a decision before the meeting began. Two representatives of the Board of Education helped to field these questions, and if they knew that things were going badly, they didn't show it.

Speaking against the standards were Richard Innes and Martin Cothran. Although I had already demonstrated that many of their positions were unfounded (at least in my opinion), Innes and Cothran stuck to their guns and held on to clearly false positions.

The NGSS were voted down (found deficient) with five members of the eight member committee voting against the standards, one voting for, one abstaining, and one absent. 

More than anything I was concerned for the nightly news cycle. This was going to be bad, and it was going to become a state PR crisis fast. 

Regulations in Kentucky have to go through a legislative review process, and even if standards are found deficient by one or more committees, the governor can override their decision and implement a regulation anyway. This can be challenged the next year in a legislative session, but not immediately.

Within one hour of the end of the meeting, Governor Beshear had done exactly that. 

Within one short hour, we had lost a battle and had one a war.

This might seem like time to find some laurels to rest on, but it isn't.

We need to make sure that the governor knows that he has broad support from Kentuckians. We need to make sure that the legislature, who has only heard from the anti-science education groups up until recently, that we are here, and we support the governor's decision.

If they are one thousand squeaky wheels, then we will be one thousand and one.

Thank you all for your support.
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President of Kentuckians for Science Education. Posts and comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Kentuckians for Science Education. Shares, links, friends and follows are not endorsemfents. - Soon to be author of ebook biology study guides.
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Biology educator and science education advocate.
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Knows way too much about Star Wars.
Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Toxicology, 1998 - 2005
  • Georgetown College
    Biology, 1994 - 1998
  • Scott County High School
    1990 - 1994
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Raymond Luxury Yacht (but it is pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove)