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State of Science Education in the US in decline?

As I research new projects and new directions for GalaxyGoo, it becomes clear to me that current science education isn't what it could be. Yes, there are schools with outstanding programs. However, what is the general Science IQ of the public.

Real science has to compete with junk science, and teachers are "teaching to the test" instead of sparking enlightenment. They just don't have the time in the class room. The kids have to pass the tests.

Here's an article I just stumbled across (beware of pop-up ads):


CNN.com - Teachers push science education in U.S. - Jul 5, 2004