Time – the killer of science instruction, at least according to an article from Edsurge this month.
As Elisabeth Stock explains, science instruction, unfortunately, is abandoned in favor of English Language Arts and math instruction.
According to a 2018 National Study of Science and Mathematics Education report, many elementary school teachers do not provide science instruction every week. According to the National Science Teachers Association Position Statement, “Elementary science instruction often takes a back seat to math and reading and receives little time in the school day.”
But why is STEM important? According to the non-profit Out Teach, the demand for STEM jobs has rapidly increased in the last decade – at a rate of six times faster than non-STEM jobs.
Stock’s article offers a couple of key suggestions for increasing science exposure to students. These suggestions include:
- Bringing families onboard
- Make science come alive
Getting families involved and making science more accessible for them is key. Parents are key stakeholders in science instruction and it’s important to leverage parents in their children’s learning.
To read more of Stock’s article, check out the Edsurge article here.