This letter is a statement by the business community to articulate its broad support of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) [http://www.nextgenscience.org].
Such endorsements are essential in convincing legislators that science standards cannot be held hostage to extremist groups who have an antipathy toward science that is almost medieval—whose mistrust of science is rooted in their view of it as a inevitably or inherently blasphemous challenge to very literalistic readings religious texts.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
Building the talent pool for our nation and our companies requires the development and adoption in every state of internationally-benchmarked standards for student success. We support the Next Generation Science Standards, based on the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education.
These standards will provide all students with a coherent and content-rich science education that will prepare them for college and careers.
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