From Curriculum Matters:
In a phone interview, Dr. S. James Gates, a member of the Maryland state board and a physics professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, praised the new standards as holding great promise to transform science education for young people, and to better engage students in the subject.
“It’s an approach where we are trying to make sure not just a few people have access to science,” said Gates, who this year was awarded the National Medal of Science and serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He said the development of the standards was informed by a careful review of research on how young people learn. “This whole set of standards was designed around using all this modern knowledge about how the brain works.”
At the same time, Gates emphasized the involvement of scientists and educators in crafting the standards.
Gates is an alumnus of Orlando’s Jones High School.