New science standards call for deeper thinking, fewer topics:

04/9/2013 | USA Today

The Next Generation Science Standards released Tuesday -- developed by a coalition of science and teaching groups -- include fewer topics and a greater focus on engineering, critical thinking and demonstrations of ideas, with less emphasis on rote memorization. The standards also include a focus on the evolution of humans and draw a connection between climate change and human activity -- language that is expected to spark controversy.

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