Students, teachers, scientists and others in an overflow crowd last week at a state Department of Education hearing made it clear they want New Mexico to adopt around 210 national science standards for the state’s K-12 classrooms without any revisions.
Two days later, the Journal harshly criticized Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski for failing to appear at that hearing and urged him to listen to the concerns.
It turned out he did listen. In fact, his department sent out emails to local reporters within 24 hours of the hearing – and the night before the editorial appeared – saying he was deleting PED’s proposed changes that had drawn the harshest criticism: those addressing climate change, evolution and the age of the Earth.
That was a huge step in the right direction.