The Next Generation Science Standards are set to be released next spring. It is supposed to enhance the Common Core concepts that a group of State governors established so that all students would have a common core of knowledge as they entered college. It sounds to me like some part of this is likely to be a required curriculum for all students. It could easily be a requirement for homeschoolers also. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are putting increased emphasis on Earth and Space sciences. The story of the millions of years of the earth's history is one of the themes. The sphere of human impact on the Earth--known as anthroposphere--is another main emphasis. Climate change and human sustainability are two other main areas of emphasis in the category of Earth and Space Science. Traditional physics chemistry, and biology are reduced to make room for Earth and space science and to integrate traditional sciences with earth & space. I'd like to hear some comments about some of the goals of NGSS. Here's one comment about the motivation for the new emphasis on Earth & Space Science: "Our [human] activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere,hydrosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere and altering land surfaces faster than any other natural process. In fact, the sphere of human impact on Earth systems--the anthroposphere--is now the greatest agent of geologic change on our planet's surface, and this needs to be reflected in our curricula."
NGSS is not an insignificant recommendation. It will have a huge impact on what most students in the US will be taught for many years.
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