Welcome To The Birmingham City Schools Science Department!
The National Science Education Standards clearly state that "children change over time and that the learning of science, as an enterprise, must respect and follow that change. It is not sufficient to just read about science or demonstrate and lecture in a show-and-tell manner, but that learning the essence of the enterprise -- the modes of inquiry and the procedures for gathering, organizing, and analyzing data in an intellectually honest way -- is more important than just memorizing the facts."
Science, energetically pursued, can provide students with the knowledge of the biophysical world and of social behavior needed to develop effective solutions to global and local problems. For its parts, science education should help students to develop the understanding and habits of mind that will enable them to think for themselves and participate thoughtfully with fellow citizens in building and protecting a society that is open, decent, and vital.
All children and young adults must have an understanding of scientific ways of thinking and science knowledge in order to function in an information age. Learning science helps develop critical thinking skills and gives practice in the use of evidence in decision making. An increasing number of occupations require understanding scientific processes and principles, and most call for problem solving and decision making skills that will be acquired through the study of science.
"When you see...
That flowers don't grow when it snows,
That all kites need a wind that blows,
Some birds are red, some blue, some brown,
And a wheel, to roll, must be round.
(McIntyre, Margaret (1984). Early Childhood and Science. Washington, D.C.: National Science Teachers Association.