Earth sciences and public schools



More than a year ago (Eos 85(49), 523, 2004), the Eos Forum column featured an article by Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, administrator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Charles Groat, who at that time was Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, concerning the status of the Earth sciences in the public school curriculum. A very small percentage of high school students take an Earth science course, and that number is dropping every day As a retired high school Earth science teacher and science department chair, I often found myself defending our Earth science requirement to some parents and school committee members.