If you are in the Menlo Park area and available at 4:00 pm on Monday, March 12, there is a public lecture happening at SLAC that sounds pretty interesting.
“A Framework for K-12 Science Education,” given by SLAC Professor Emeritus Helen Quinn, “based on her work as chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee.”
Current research in education finds students learn better when they understand how new information fits with what they already understand, Quinn says. She notes that as a criticism of U.S. curriculum today: There’s so much information that students don’t see how it all fits together.
If you are not in the area, there is something for you, too. Margot Gerritsen, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford, is an advocate for energy literacy. Recently, she assisted the U.S. Department of Energy in developing “a set of essential principles for energy literacy.” There are lots of interesting links at the article, so I encourage you to click through and take a look.