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Science 101: Astronomy

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Just 13% of eighth-graders were deemed proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.

Today's scientist is Mordecai Mark Mac Low, astronomer and chair of the division of physical sciences at the American Museum of Natural History.

Today: Astronomy

Guests:

Mordecai Mark Mac-Low
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Comments [2]

Eric from NYC

If he ain't Neil deGrasse... I ain't interested....

Mar. 02 2011 11:58 AM
Phil

Because of overcrowding, my 4th grade child's elementary school eliminated the science classroom and reassigned the teacher. In a year when my child will have a New York State science test, there has been no science instruction of any kind until a couple of months before the test, and that from a book. There are no lab facilities, and this in what is generally considered a "desirable" school. Is it any wonder that test scores are so low?

Mar. 02 2011 11:53 AM

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