Are We Really Teaching Our Children Science?
The science gaps in the early grades are actually greater than the math and reading gaps. Both Hispanic-White and Asian-White gaps decrease in the higher elementary grades presumably because of the student becoming more fluent in English and greater content teaching in the sciences beyond first grade, but the Black-White gap remains large.
Although everyone seem to agree that science education is important especially in this 21st century, greater attention has always been given to achievement gaps in math and reading. The facts that science achievement gaps are bigger and that these gaps go far beyond socioeconomic status should really bring us to ask ourselves if we are indeed giving every child in the US the opportunity to be their best.