New Article: The Powerful Potential of the NGSS

It’s time to start thinking about school again!

Anna Van Dordrecht tells us about what the Next Generation Science Standards are, and how implementation will benefit our children in the ways of scientific literacy.

Do you think this will increase the future generation’s interest in science fields?


Note: This post is informational about this new STEAM education development. There is not a faith component to this article.


Thanks for this information! I really like the sound of this, and how it seems to focus on exploration and application rather than just learning dry facts.

Being in the homeschool world, I wonder how many curriculum companies will adopt these standards, or whether there will be push-back like there’s been with Common Core.

If I remember correctly, the Next Generation Science Standards were developed as part of Common Core, but when the ELA and math components became political footballs, the science part was renamed and somewhat distanced from Common Core.

Yeah … I think Common Core’s greatest “sin” is that it co-existed with the Obama administration (which literally had nothing to do with its development or implementation).


That and the fact that local control is ingrained into our system. Oh, and the conspiracy theorists who worry about the federal guv’mint “deep state” taking over our children’s education. That too.


My husband’s a math teacher and it used to drive him up a wall to see alarmist videos about how terrible “common core math” is when the issue really had nothing to do with the standards themselves – maybe just poorly explained curriculum. Basically, if it seems “new” in any way, it must be bad. :stuck_out_tongue:


I think R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey already follows them (at least the newer versions). I highly doubt the YEC ones will. A lot of those companies advertise that they’re not Common Core. Much of their base specifically doesn’t want Common Core, despite not really knowing what Common Core is. If you post a link to the standards and ask them to tell you what part they disagree with, they come back with stuff about local governments should be in control. Not that that has anything to do with homeschool curriculum. :woman_shrugging:


Most folks know nothing about curriculum. Four states that originally adopted Common Core have now dumped it: Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. What do they have in common? It’s more tribal silliness.

See if you can spot the “socialist agenda” in these Common Core literacy standards:

Key Ideas and Details:

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


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