Recent events in Oklahoma have proved the fundamental truth of two aphorisms. First, that all politics is local; and second, that every education decision is a political decision.

The good news is that the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OASS) were signed into state rules on June 19 by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. The process of developing the new standards had begun 18 months before, when a group of 60 Oklahoma educators, scientists, engineers, and citizens began a process to revamp standards as mandated by law. Using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a starting point and basic framework, the committee spent more than a year modifying them to reach consensus on the content and...

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