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Letters: Value security, values science in schools

September 12, 2013

Re "Testing a new curriculum," Editorial, Sept. 8

National security demands that the U.S. produce the world's top scientists. Why, then, is K-12 achievement in the sciences low compared to many other advanced nations?

The reason is simple. As indicated in your fine editorial on standardized testing under the new Common Core curriculum, there is no requirement in federal law for science proficiency testing.

Only when there is required testing of students, as there is in English and math, will much more attention be given to science in our schools.

Steven B. Oppenheimer

Northridge

The writer, a professor of biology at Cal State Northridge, is a U.S. Presidential Award winner for science mentoring.

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