The Daily brief: August 1, 2011

Aug. 2, 2011, 1:47 a.m.

Science in School | The National Academy of Science recently issued a framework for K-12 science education in the U.S., spelling out, for the first time, specific information that students should learn before they graduate from high school. Chaired by SLAC professor emeritus Helen Quinn, the committee that wrote the guidelines says this effort is part of a larger movement toward creating a national standard in science education, a field whose standards are currently left up to each state to set.

Famous Classes | Who really killed Kennedy? What’s in Area 51? Were VPUE staff behind a recent USA Today list that ranked the “Conspiracy Theories” PWR as one of seven classes worth waking up at 8 a.m. for? See the evidence for yourself here.

Overheard | “No matter how you look at it, (intuitive healing is) false. Even though they believe what they’re doing is right, it’s intellectually and scientifically fraudulent.” — Wallace Sampson, clinical professor emeritus of medicine, in a Sacramento Bee investigative into alternative medicine.

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