*************************************************** Note: The following note from Larry Lowery reached me via Prof. Tom O'Brien with a request to send the note to colleagues, especially colleagues in California.
Please do not respond to Jerry Becker, but to Larry Woolf at <Larry.Woolf@gat.com> as indicated in the petition below.
Thank you. **************************************************** From: Larry Lowery, INTERNET:email@example.com To: Tom O'Brien, 74055,652 [74055,652] Date: Fri, Dec 24, 1999, 2:25 PM RE: FYI
There is a very large upswelling of efforts against the California decision to eliminate research-based, field-tested programs. One of the efforts is the petition I've attached to this note.
If you have friends in California, you might want to send them a copy of the petition.
Hope this leads to a Happy New Year for all of us.
Larry Lowery ------------------------
Written by: Larry Woolf
To: The California Science Education Advisory Committee [CSEAC]
Pasted in below is a final version of the science education petition. If you agree with the petition:
1. Send an e-mail directly to Larry.Woolf@gat.com
2. In the e-mail, state that you support the 22 December 1999 Science Education Petition.
3. Type your name and affiliation.
4. If you would like to remain anonymous, let me know and I will not provide your name, but I will count you as a supporter.
5. Try to include as many names on a single e-mail as possible so that I am not overwhelmed.
6. Forward and circulate this to your colleagues.
Larry Woolf --------------------------------------------------------
22 December 1999 Science Education Petition
We, the members of the California science, education, and business community, are committed to quality K-12 science education for all students.
We believe that state policy related to science education should be based on the highest quality science and science education knowledge.
We expect and demand high quality science education standards and high quality learning resources, including instructional materials and professional development.
Whereas the California Science Standards are based on neither the spirit nor the letter of the National Science Education Standards developed by the National Academy of Sciences,
Whereas the California Science Standards are based on neither the spirit nor the letter of the Benchmarks for Science Literacy developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
Whereas many of the California Science Standards are incorrect, misleading, ambiguous, and age-inappropriate,
Whereas the California Academic Standards Commission ignored offers from the National Academy of Sciences and other scientific societies to improve the quality of the California Science Standards,
Whereas the California Board of Education has approved a policy that effectively prohibits the adoption of scientifically accurate, thoroughly tested, and highly regarded kit-based science curricula,
Whereas the California Board of Education has approved a policy that allows the adoption of materials that have never been thoroughly tested in classrooms,
Whereas the economic vitality of California is directly related to the scientific abilities of all its people,
We therefore call for:
1. The revision of the California Science Standards so that they are correct, unambiguous, and age-appropriate and are consistent with peer-reviewed published academic research and the National Science Education Standards;
2. Rejection of the current policy that only allows the adoption of curriculum materials that meet all of the current California Science Standards at the specified grade level;
3. The immediate allowance of waivers for school districts so that they may purchase curriculum materials that are scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, and thoroughly tested.
We call upon parents, teachers, schools, and school districts to disregard the current version of the California Science Standards and to assist the state in improving these standards and providing high quality learning resources.
Dr. Lawrence D. Woolf General Atomics 3550 General Atomics Court P. O. Box 85608 Mail Stop 15/242 San Diego CA 92121-1194
Jerry P. Becker Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA Fax: (618) 453-4244 Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office) (618) 457-8903 (home) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org