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Science 101: Seasons and Climate

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.  

Today, Edmond Mathez, curator of the department of earth and planetary sciences at the American Museum of Natural History, answers science exam questions about the age of the earth and climate change.

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Edmond Mathez

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Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Capsule refutation of many climate deniers: Climate =/= weather. Global =/= uniform.

Mar. 03 2011 12:00 PM
Kathleen from NYC

Re Poor showing of NYC students in NAEP science -From NYT 2/25/11:
"Mr. Polakow-Suransky said part of the problem was that the emphasis that the No Child Left Behind law put on English instruction was too narrow, focusing on literature, but not on the kinds of nonfiction texts, like journals and newspaper articles, that students also need to understand in order to learn other subjects."

NCLB defined a curriculum? When the instructional leader doesn't know what's up, what can we expect schools to do?

Mar. 03 2011 11:54 AM

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