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January 31st, 2011
09:28 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Teaching science in America's schools

According to the Federal Government's National Assessment of Educational Progress report released last week, about two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders, seventy percent of eighth-graders and seventy-nine percent of 12th-graders failed to show proficiency in science in 2009.

So, why are American youths falling behind when it comes to science and what can be done?

CNN Education Contributer and Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School Steve Perry talks to Kate Bolduan about science in America's public schools.

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  1. Adrienne Gabriel

    To Steve Perry,

    I listen to American Morning everyday driving to work, and I often listen to your opinions. I almost always agree with them. However, this morning you stated that "teachers who only will teach Creationism should teach at a Catholic school". This statement was offensive to me and a comment I wouldn't have expected from you. I attended Catholic schools from K-12th grade, and I was taught about Darwin, evolution, and natural selection practically every year since 7th grade. Many of my classmates are working in science-related fields, and there was never a conflict between creationism and darwinism. In fact, I received my Bachelor's and Doctorate degrees in biology and clinical science. My Catholic education gave me the foundation to pursue this path. Please, in the future, refrain from making such an offensive comment. Just because someone didn't attend a public school, doesn't mean that they were taught ignorance and religious extremism. Thanks and I look forward to hearing your opinions in the future.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  2. Josh Ribakoff

    He acknowledges that science is known fact and that religion is not, but thinks we should teach both. So teachers should also teach about the "magic flying spaghetti monster'?

    The reference to the holocaust is offensive to me as a jew. He says he doesn't "believe in the holocaust" but he teaches it anyways. I hope he's not implying that he believes it did not happen, because that is how he comes off.

    There is a difference between believing something happened, and believing it was "morally right". He thinks that if he has to teach about an event that actually happened, it justifies allowing him to teach students about events that did not actually happen???!

    Get this guy off the air. I'm offended. He is a bigot.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  3. Ray

    The only way to improve the education system in this country is to get the parents involved in their kids learning. Teachers can only do so much, yes they must be competent, but if a child doesn't have someone at home to motivate & make learning enjoyable and a priority, the kids will just play video games. If a parent doesn't read to & with their kids, if the parents don't motivate their children to learn & excell, don't expect the teachers to make up for poor parents, bad diets and video game baby sitters.

    It is a sin that the USA spends more money on grades K-12 than anyone in the world and we receive the least benefit to the kids. Our country is being destroyed by the mentality of "I want it now and I don't want to work for it" or immediate gratifaction that we're told everyone "deserves".

    The entitlement mentality of the USA is destroying our society and it's coming to an end when the US gov't is devastated by the coming economic collapse. If you think you're hurting now, wait until the Fed Reserve induced inflation hits you between the eyes in a couple of years and it will decimate this country.

    February 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  4. Bonnie

    To improve education there is one main method. Improve teachers. Teacher education is extremely inadequate. Plus we are not attracting the brightest and best. A teacher can't teach something they don't know. Textbooks are out if date and often wrong. Students come to class unprepared. But the emphasis is currently based on the myth that there are good schools and bad schools. Of course the problem of education is extremely complex but one thing that will never work is rewarding individual teachers for getting students to score higher on a teat

    February 1, 2011 at 8:27 am |