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What Is Happening to Science Proficiency In The United States of America Among Special Population Subgroups?

 

Below is a dismal picture of what is happening with Science Proficiency in the United States of America!  Carefully look at the tables below with data coming from the US Department of Education titled “ State-Reported Data for School Year 2008–09."

 

I have decided to a take an education approach similar to what many commentators do with social and government issues on MSNBC and CNN daily.   I’ve done much research for the last nine months where I can go to bat with any Republican or Democrat legislator. Both Republican and Democrat Legislators have allowed the atrocities below to happen. The results are dismal in Science Proficiency in this country.  They along with all the school boards who allow for the status quo to continue is not acceptable to me or to my research group here at Virtual Science University!  Now which philanthropic foundation or TV Cable Network is going to step up and help me get the 10 million plus youth who need to be served in this country and who are part of the subgroup population groups below who will be taking biology next year at the Freshman or Sophomore level in high school?

 

  I need help from philanthropic foundations because I cannot depend on the US Congress, the Texas Legislature, or any state legislature to help me with this dilemma?  All they do everyday is see who is going to score big political points on cable news TV while the nation continues to struggle with major issues like affordable education!  I learned a long time ago when I saw my Dad work from sun up to sun down for agriculture giants in West Texas who had him going from Presidio to Reeves Counties every growing season moving our family around like a bunch of nomads going from Presidio, Texas to Pecos, Texas and back to Presidio.  My brothers and sisters took a hit in that there was no consistency with the curriculum being covered in the respective school districts.  The end result, they became frustrated and the majority of them dropped out before they reached the 8th grade. They also had to step up and help the family with putting food on the table after my Dad had a stroke at age 51.  Now, I have been fortunate and blessed being the youngest of the family.  It is my turn to step up to the plate and help youngsters like my family who do not have an even playing field.  Like a few TV shows on Cable News Networks, they use tables and graphs to make their points.  I am doing the same here. The data below is dismal to say the least.  It is a state of EMERGENCY! A CRISIS!!!

 

Table of Percent Proficient in High School Science 2008/2009

 

State

Females

Males

Disabilities

Economic Dis

LEP

Migrant

Texas

62%

68%

41%

52%

21%

42%

California

43%

46%

17%

30%

10%

26%

Florida

33%

42%

20%

24%

5%

15%

Illinois

47%

54%

21%

25%

9%

n<

New Mexico

31%

36%

13%

22%

5%

n<

Colorado

73%

74%

34%

52%

18%

31%

Arizona

38%

40%

15%

23%

2%

14%

Nevada

74%

80%

33%

63%

23%

n<

Kentucky

37%

45%

17%

29%

9%

35%

Bureau/NA

27%

29%

11%

28%

12%

0%

 

Table of Percent Proficient in Elementary Science 2008-2009 (5th Grade)

State

Native Am.

Asian

Black

Hispanic

White

Texas

85%

91%

73%

77%

92%

California

43%

68%

35%

35%

70%

Florida

48%

64%

26%

39%

60%

Illinois

85%

90%

53%

64%

89%

New Mexico

31%

68%

47%

46%

73%

Colorado

77%

90%

72%

71%

93%

Arizona

34%

75%

45%

42%

75%

Nevada

51%

66%

37%

42%

72%

Kentucky

68%

74%

43%

57%

74%

Bureau/NA

24%

0%

0%

0%

0%

 

WHAT ARE THESE NUMBERS TELLING US?

 

Four years ago the number of children being proficient in 5th Grade Science was appalling in the states of California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada among Hispanics and Afro-Americans.  This coming year, they will be Freshmen in high school.  In states such as Texas and California they have to pass an end of course exam to obtain credit in their respective science classes.  Numbers are also appalling for Native Americans being proficient in Science in the states of New Mexico and Arizona.  The numbers are below 40% in the aforementioned states. 

 

At the high school level, the population subgroups of students with disabilities, who are economically disadvantaged, who have limited English Proficiency and who are Migrant are also taking a hit with the element of equity. In the 2008-2009, students with disabilities struggled with Science Proficiency in states of California with a pathetic 17% passing rate, with the states of New Mexico and Arizona even further behind with a passing rate of 13% and 15% respectfully. 

 

Students who are economically disadvantaged also struggled with Science Proficiency in the states of New Mexico with 22%, Arizona 23%, Florida 24%, Bureau of Native American Education with 28%, Kentucky at 29%, California at 30%, and Texas with 52%. 

 

LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students struggled in the states of Arizona with only 2% Science Proficiency.  For me this is an outright discriminatory number!  Translated, it means Arizona state officials don’t give a Da _ _ about what happens with this subgroup!  Very close to Arizona in the this category are the states of Florida and New Mexico with 5%, Kentucky and Illinois with 9%, California with 10%, Bureau of Native American Education with 12%, Colorado with 18%, Texas with 21%, and Nevada with 23%.

 

The migrant subgroup is important to me personally since all of my brothers and sisters were migrant students.  This is one of the main reasons why my brothers and sisters did not graduate from high school because they were moving from school to school with no consistency in continuity of the curriculum.  Numbers in Science Proficiency are low in the states of Arizona with 14%, Florida with 15%, California with 26%, Colorado with 31%, Kentucky with 35%, and Texas with 42%.

 

Texas is ranked last in the nation when it comes to high school graduation!  Texas is also ranked 37th in Science Education!  THESE ARE VERY SERIOUS PROBLEMS!!!  "Are You Going To Sit Around And Do Nothing?" the way my song goes..."Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but Modern Man has sure done his MESS!" The majority of the students that do not graduate are population subgroups! Do these numbers don't mean anything to the state's current legislators???

 

 There is a solution to these problems in the form of Virtual Science University.  Myself and Arnulfo Tarin Carrasco MD can completely identify with these subgroups since both of us at one time or another were members of some of these same subgroups.  For this reason, we have created Virtual Science University to serve the needs of these subgroups in the area of Biological Science Education. We are waiting for philanthropist's foundations to step up and help us fund a full year subscription of Virtual Science University to all of the upcoming Sophomore students in states of Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Kentucky, and the Bureau of Native American Education.

 

 As mentioned in the December 6, 2009 edition of the Dallas Morning News, “A Dallas Morning News analysis of Advanced Placement data found:

·       54 percent of AP exams taken by Texas public high school students this year received failing scores, defined as a 1 or 2 out of 5. The national failure rate was 43 percent.

·       Subjects with some of the highest failure rates in Texas include history, economics and biology.”

 

For the above reasons, we founded Virtual Science University to reverse this trend in high school biology!  Who is going to step up to the plate and help us reverse this trend.  Here at the Carrasco Media Group and with me personally, “Education is priority number ONE!!! Who is going to step up to the plate? I AM WAITING!” A philanthropist can make a big difference in the lives of these young people when it only takes 33 cents a day to subscribe a youngster into Virtual Science University where it will make this youngster college ready and work ready to enter an allied health field career of study or a Pre-Med Program at a college or university. Here are three steps to consider:

1.)  It takes money to impact society.  My solution to get young people college ready and work ready is the implementation of Virtual Science University as an adjunct Biology Learning Resource for all high school Biology students in the United States of America! 

2.)  To do this, it will take three sets of the VSU DVDs into every public and high school library.  This gives young people and adults who do not have a computer at home be able to check out a VSU Lesson on DVD and take it home and watch it on their TV.  

3.)  There are 121,169 public and high school libraries in the United States.  The amount of revenue required to place VSU DVDs can be considered as not being  much.  At $9.95 per month per student with approximately 7,395,300 biology students in the United States at any given time, it  only takes 33 cents a day to empower them!

Let’s look at the finer picture!  When you take $9.95 divided by 30 days that comes to 33 cents a day! You can’t even buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks or any 7-11 store for that amount of money!!!  Why can't a government agency or a philanthropist not be able to afford to invest 33 cents a day into the science education of American students? Maybe this is why we are ranked 17th in the world when it comes to high school science!!! The people who really need the help are not getting it!!!





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