The New Mexico Secretariat of Public Education said that the state will comprehensively adopt school science standards that have already been widely used in response to public outrage over proposed changes that have omitted references to climate change, evolution, and antiquity of the Earth.
In an interview Wednesday night, Secretary of Public Education Christopher Ruszkowski said in the final version of New Mexico’s standards it would resemble the Next Generation Science Standards developed by a consortium of states, adding half a dozen passages linked to local achievements in science and industry.
A previous proposal included about 35 passages related to New Mexico, which undermined the central mission of science education, many critics claimed.
During a public hearing of the previous version of standards, many people asked the state to reconsider and adopt a draft. Some of these critics were scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, science teachers’ associations, religious leaders, as well as teachers and administrators from various school districts in New Mexico.