Parents say they want schools to focus their curricula on more science -- an area in which they say schools are lacking -- and are pushing for more engaging lessons, according to a recent poll by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Minnesota teacher Mary Colson, who helped write the Next Generation Science Standards, said fewer science topics should be taught but lessons should be deeper, a process that can be chaotic for the classroom but makes science real and interesting to students.

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