science education http://wrkf.org en Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution http://wrkf.org/post/texas-overhauls-textbook-approval-ease-tensions-over-evolution The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140131-texas-education-board-overhauls-graduation-requirements.ece">limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers</a> in determining science and history curricula.<p>Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.<p>Science curricula in particular have become a sourc Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:29:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 22028 at http://wrkf.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun http://wrkf.org/post/make-science-real-kids-want-more-fun Are American kids<strong> </strong>being adequately prepared in the sciences to compete in a highly competitive, global high-tech workforce? A majority of American parents say no, <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2013/dec/rwjf_npr_harvard_edpoll.pdf" target="_blank">according to a poll by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Nearly one-quarter of all parents said their child's school today doesn't put enough emphasis on science curricula. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 20160 at http://wrkf.org To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun THURSDAY: Actor Jamie Wax, Outdoor Enthusiast Humberto Fontova, Student Activist Zack Kopplin http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-actor-jamie-wax-outdoor-enthusiast-humberto-fontova-student-activist-zack-kopplin <p>Jim talks with actor Jamie Wax, upon his return to Baton Rouge for 20th anniversary performances of "a Gift For Lyman Bourke" at the Baton Rouge Little Theater.&nbsp;</p><p>Louisiana outdoor enthusiast Humberto&nbsp;Fontova discusses gun rights.</p><p>Student activist Zack Kopplin explains his continuing effort to thwart teaching of creationism in Louisiana public schools.</p><p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:33:22 +0000 Jim Engster 3784 at http://wrkf.org