Science Standards Narrowed

TAMPA -

This is the week when Florida's method for teaching science in public schools could evolve. The Florida Board of Education will vote on changes Tuesday morning that include drastically cutting the number of topics to be taught.

Teaching evolution as the underlying principle of biology is just one of the new science standards proposed by a panel of academics, citizens, teachers and clergy. Those new standards are markedly different in other ways.

The number of topics to be taught has been narrowed significantly. Right now, elementary through middle school students are expected to learn more than 600 science principles while national education standards call for teaching only 113.

But, the debate over whether to add the word evolution has drawn most of the comments about the proposed science standards.

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