The Kansas State Board of Education’s latest science standards decision (2/14, A-1, “Kansas science guides revised”) reminds me of the farmer who bought an old steel-wheeled John Deere tractor, painted it up and parked it in front of his house. The tractor looked sharp but as an implement was worthless.
When asked why he would spend so much money for yard art, the farmer related that he was retired and had more money than he could spend. He simply wanted to make the place look good.
Like the paint hiding a nonfunctional tractor, the “acceptable” science standards hide the pitiful science education that children receive. The show over substance in science education will do little to impress upon children that science is serious business and not just something to endure to graduate.
The government education monopoly will cry for more money to put on a good show. And the federal government will raise the minimum wage, which applies mainly to service jobs, so American children will not be in poverty as they make meals for the people we import from other countries to take the high-paying jobs that require knowledge of science and mathematics.
No substance, just lots of paint.