With early elementary teachers struggling to find the time to teach science due to the focus on Common Core language arts and math skills, elementary science is being neglected. Schools are commonly putting an emphasis on science education only when students are to complete state assessment testing, traditionally at the 5th grade level.
I think that parents would be interested to know about this decline in science education. With so many parents wanting their kids to be doctors or a scientist searching for a cure for cancer, I think they would see the importance of creating an interest in science at the earliest level.
With the decline of students interested in STEM careers, edtech companies need to create programs focused on igniting a lifelong passion in science at the earliest levels. Programs should incorporates Common Core language arts and maths skills into science lessons which provides teachers more time to focus on teaching science.
I am also finding that many teachers at the K-2nd grade level that would like to teach more science in their classroom are not being financial provided with the funding support needed by the school system to promote STEM at these levels.
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