In recent years, public education has received stringent criticism for its performance in producing students who have a very low level of competency in some subjects (National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983). The media and various professional organizations have conceded that students in the United States have, in recent years, performed poorly in science when compared with students from other developed nations (Jacobson and Doran, 1985). Alleged reasons for poor performance on the part of U.S. students include shortage of qualified teachers, apathetic or negative public attitude toward schools, changing sociological and educational roles of the parent and ~ excessive governmental control, increasing litigation to solve educational problems, economic depression, lack of enforced state and local board educational standards, and decreasing student enrollments in high school science courses (Excellence in Education Task Force, 1984).
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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Gerlovich, Jack A.
"Changes in Science Enrollments and Graduation Requirements in Iowa Public High Schools, 1973-1983,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 22:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol22/iss3/2