The natural interdisciplinary context of the ocean sciences has not been used to promote science education integrated across scientific disciplines at all levels, in alignment with the reforms of science education. Moreover, the innate human interest in the ocean has not been used to integrate science—as it should be—with the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the curriculum. In this failure, the ocean sciences have failed to help the public understand the role of the ocean in the quality of life and the nation's economic development and defense.
In the past,several opportunities for education coordinated beyond individual efforts have been lost. Ocean sciences research results have not been adequately integrated into educational materials that could engage students' imaginations for a lifetime of experiential science learning.