We educators and scientists have worked hard, tried lots of reform approaches, been confronted with one scalding report after another telling us to get with it—but we still cannot be satisfied with the results, not if nationwide science literacy is our goal.

So what has been the problem? Coming up with some answers to that question is what this page is about, and in answering it perhaps we can see more clearly what lies ahead and what might move the nation more surely and steadily toward science literacy. As the drawing here suggests (made years ago by me as an overhead to use in a speech), the outlook for making significant headway may not be altogether encouraging — but then neither is it hopeless.

I expect that the editorials will include pieces on:

crisis addiction
reform impatience
curriculum rigidity
testing travesties
technological timidity
outmoded professionalism
research limitations

and others
. . . in some order to be worked out.

When I draft a piece, I will place it here. Then you are invited to critique it and suggest improvements, all of which will be considered in redrafting it. Then it’s on to the next essay. But let me be clear: The process is not intended to result in consensus but rather to end up with pointed, strongly positioned statements. These are to be opinion pieces, not scholarly papers adorned with footnotes and bibliographies.

encore Editorial #1: Is Our Past Our Future?
encore Editorial #2: The Particle Enigma and Science Literacy
encore Editorial #3: Standards for Standards
encore Editorial #4: Our Crisis Addiction
encore Editorial #5
encore Editorial #6
encore Editorial #7
encore Editorial #8
encore Editorial #9
encore Editorial #10