(Washington Times) It’s been almost 17 years, but educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they want the curriculum to focus on climate change and evolution.

The New York Times reported that the guidelines call for the new courses, as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards report, to start with middle-schoolers. It was 1996 when educators last brought forth a science teaching plan of such nationwide significance, Newser said.

States aren’t required to abide the guidelines, but 26 are, Newser reported.

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