The Ohio Department of Education (OED) is revising the state’s science standards. As part of this process, OED is soliciting feedback from diverse audiences, including representatives from science-related professional societies. Tom Weeks was asked to represent the Columbus Section of the ACS in these meetings. He has notified all Section Chairs in the state of Ohio about this process.
The preliminary (or draft standards) are open for review and comment effective Nov. 13, and the comment period will last through Dec. 31. Although K-12 science teachers should be well aware of this process, there may be several of your members with an interest in the standards, thus the reason for this note. Please feel free to send part, all, or none of this information to your membership. The proposed standards can be found at the Ohio Department of Education website under teaching. Your comments must be submitted by Dec. 31 to the website. [More]
Statement on the Teaching of Evolutionary Theory
The American Chemical Society (ACS) strongly supports the inclusion of evolution in K-12 science curricula, at an age-appropriate level, because evolution is central to our modern understanding of science. Evolutionary theory is not a hypothesis, but is the scientifically accepted explanation for the origin of species, and explains significant observations in chemistry, biology, geology, and other disciplines. [More]
Members of the Columbus Section are actively involved in various activities concerning Chemical Safety and Regulatory Issues, Energy Consumption and Alternative Energy Sources, and Care for the Environment.
In this section we will maintain reports and links related to these issues.