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Call to Action

"All of us have a stake, as individuals and as a society, in scientific literacy. An understanding of science makes it possible for everyone to share in the richness and excitement of comprehending the natural world. Scientific literacy enables people to use scientific principles and processes in making personal decisions and to participate in discussions of scientific issues that affect society. A sound grounding in science strengthens many of the skills that people use every day, like solving problems creatively, thinking critically, working cooperatively in teams, using technology effectively, and valuing life-long learning. And the economic productivity of our society is tightly linked to the scientific and technological skills of our work force."

-- "Call to Action," National Science Education Standards, p.ix. Reprinted with permission from National Science Education Standards. Copyright © 1996 by the National Academy of Sciences. Courtesy of the National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.