Irvine, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2005
U.S. students lag behind students in other developed countries in math and science. Two studies were conducted to evaluate U. S. students in the areas of Math and Science. One was conducted in 1995 with 4th graders and a second one in 2003. The studies revealed that no progress has been made with our youngest learners in the areas in math and science. "Why should we care if young children are interested in science and mathematics?," asked Jane Hoffman, author of the award winning Backyard Scientist, series of hands-on science books for children. "The answer is simple, future innovations in science, technology, engineering, defense, national security and a whole lot more could be at stake," she adds.
The United States has to learn to value math and science before we're a superpower only on the world's sports teams, ball parks and sports courts.
Enter, Jane Hoffman, The Backyard Scientist. Internationally known author, Hoffman just published her 8th hands-on science book for children titled, "Backyard Scientist, A Science Wonderland for the Very Young" (ages 2 thru 7). This book joins the other seven titles in the series of Backyard Scientist books variously targeted at ages 4 thru 14 years.
"To effectively improve elementary science, it has to be taught at the elementary level, schools and administrators need to value the science education they offer, and they must provide quality professional development," says, Jane Hoffman, award-winning author, education consultant, conference speaker, columnist, and radio and television show guest. Hoffman states, "This will be vital if, as a nation, we want to truly see students achieve in science. And it must be taught using a hands-on approach with students performing science experiments."
A three year old can see something happening and get excited when the child pours vinegar over baking soda. This hands-on approach will spark our children's imaginations and create an abiding interest that can last a life-time.
Jane Hoffman, has been working on this critical educational crisis for the last two decades. To learn more about Hoffman and for some of her solutions, go to http://www.backyardscientist.com.
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