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California Teachers Lack the Resources and Time to Teach Science

This article brings attention to city teachers’ concerns they lack the resources and time to teach science. Due to a redoubling of focus on ELA and math during the NCLB era, many elementary school teachers have left science instruction on the backburner, use their own funds to acquire supplies, and lack outright science training themselves. From the article: “Only 10% of elementary students regularly receive hands-on science lessons, the report found.

Just one-third of elementary teachers said they feel prepared to teach science, and 85% said they have not received any training during the last three years” according to a survey of 1,100 elementary teachers and administrators.