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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  6142.3  Instruction

Science Education   

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The Governing Board believes that science education should give students an understanding of key scientific concepts and a capacity for scientific ways of thinking. Students should become familiar with the natural world and aware of ways in which science, mathematics and technology depend upon one another.

The Board expects that students shall come to know that the science, mathematics and technology are human enterprises, with strengths and limitations. As part of their science instruction, students should learn how to use scientific knowledge and ways of thinking for individual and social purposes.

A scientific fact is an understanding based on confirmable observations and is subject to test and rejection. A scientific hypothesis is an attempt to frame a question as a testable proposition. A scientific theory organizes and explains a range of natural phenomena on the basis of facts and hypotheses. Scientific theories are constantly subject to testing, modification and refutation as new evidence and new ideas emerge.

From time to time, natural science teachers are asked to teach content that does not meet the criteria of scientific fact, hypothesis and theory as these terms are used in natural sciences and defined in this policy. As a matter of principle, science teachers are professionally bound to limit their teaching to science and should resist pressure to do otherwise.

(cf. 6141.2 - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)


adopted: March 15, 1994 Escondido, California