General Motors Teams Up With Schools to Target Low Math, Science Scores
Ohanian Comment: Take a look at the curriculum. It's a pile of crap. Note that it travels under the banner of NCLB science requirements. The Weekly Reader is located in Stamford and so the friendly neighborhood paper writes an article from press release.
Jan. 21--Low mathematics and science test scores are a concern in schools across the country, but Stamford-based Weekly Reader and General Motors are teaming up to tackle the problem.
They have developed a free curriculum, "Fuel Cells: Driving the Future," to be distributed to 10,000 schools nationwide, reaching nearly 3.5 million middle school students.
A goal is to increase students' awareness of energy, the environment and fuel cell technology -- especially important with required science testing under the No Child Left Behind Act starting in 2007. For some teachers working with textbooks that are reaching obsolescence, the curriculum can be a useful tool.
"We are very excited about this latest program," said Peter Esposito, president of Weekly Reader Corp.'s Consumer and Custom Publishing unit. "Science test scores have been down across the nation and with increased testing this year, this program is more important now than ever before. Not only will this curriculum teach students about technological advancements, but it will get them excited about careers in science." The fuel cell curriculum includes some of the most promising technologies on the horizon, including the hydrogen-powered fuel cell. An earlier version was distributed by General Motors and Weekly Reader in 2002, and won the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers' Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award.
In the updated curriculum, General Motors and Weekly Reader will include a 13-minute classroom video on energy and fuel cell technology. The program will also include a teacher's guide, student activity worksheets, and classroom and hallway posters.
"General Motors is extremely proud to work with Weekly Reader to provide a joint fuel cell curriculum," said Beth Lowery, GM vice president for environment and energy. "Providing students, their families and teachers with interesting and exciting advanced technology materials helps ensure ongoing learning about a technology-rich future that can improve all of our lives."
Since 2002, the program has reached more than 10 million students. Supplemental curricula, such as the GM-Weekly Reader collaboration, have always been a way to enhance a classroom offering, said James Wilson, spokesman for the AIMS (Activities Integrating Mathematics & Science) Educational Foundation, a project funded by the National Science Foundation at Fresno Pacific College.
A key requirement is that whatever is taught must be applicable to state education standards, said Wilson, who uses curricula provided by Intel to instruct secondary school teachers at Fresno Pacific. "No Child Left Behind has school systems looking at specific curriculum," Wilson said. "State and federal standards are behind curriculum development nowadays."
To learn more about GM's education, environment and technology initiatives,
or to download "Fuel Cells: Driving the Future," visit
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