The US is already behind the world in Math and Science test scores. Boys lead girls in the US by 2.5%. Can we get our daughters motivated into science? Is there a Girl Science?
How does it all start? New York just finished state exams for students…………… we should be relieved, but instead we are worried about the grades. Did my son and daughter pass? Pass? We are not discussing the bar exam, we are talking about little kids. Last year, third graders had three hours over two days to complete 58 math items. This year they were given two hours and twenty minutes to answer 61 items. The ELA exams were not any easier. The students were given less time to complete the exams.
NYS believes that somehow this be the vital first stage in projecting whether they will be ready for college and employment ten years from now. This was the first time the state exams are aligned with Common Core State Standards. It seems every year teachers are teaching according to the exams and then what? What happened to letting the students enjoy the material as they are being educated? Teachers have been challenged. Everyone is stressed about the exams – do they have time to plan a fun activity in accordance to the
curriculum? I am just a parent and I try not to let my kids get stressed out about a grade, but it has become very difficult. My hats go off to all the educators that have found the balance – we thank you!
As a parent and a business owner I am always trying to find
a way to teach the children – without letting them know – they are actually
learning. We found a fantastic new line to try to get the girls motivated into
science. Science for girls can be challenging because- well you know, it can be
yucky! I love the new line! It really gets my daughter excited about science, and that is important. The line includes various science kits, microscopes, forensic lab materials, telescopes, and more. There is also a pet science line for cats, dogs and
birds. Check it out and send me an email with your thoughts: maria@EliteToyStore.com.
I would love to hear from you!