In mid-July, NSF sponsored a conference called Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. They invited several hundred people involved in college biology education to plot out ways of improving biology teaching over the coming decades. There is a bit of hubris in doing this.
Earlier this year, an NPR series "Museums in the 21st Century" highlighted an interesting consequence of the increased focus on state standards in education. As is the case with many supplementary educational experiences, school-based visitation to museums has declined since implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).