NYT op-ed "ten days of newton"
“ I teach science to young elementary students partly to share their passion for discovery but also to help them to develop tools -- particularly the scientific method -- that will aid in maintaining their natural curiosity and open-mindedness throughout life. Whether they become scientists or not, perhaps critical-thinking skills will enable them to (i) resist falling prey to dogma, (ii) make informed decisions, (iii) respect others' opinions and cultures, and (iv) support funding for scientific research and education.”
-a reader's comment
I think this rather insightful, instead of us trying to figure out what were going to teach, lets take a step back and ask "What should each student get out of this class/subject?"