I agree that we need to do more to get good geoscience into elementary
school.  With 'No Child Left Behind', hardly any science is taught in our
district.  The minutes must be used for reading and math - and most
administrators don't support teachers who try to use science as the 'hook'
to get students to want to do reading and math.  I am always amazed at how
some ideas presented in these early grades stay with the students so much
better than what I am trying to get them to remember in their teen-age
years during a high school science class.  So we need to make sure that
these teachers - who are often afraid of trying to do any science - are
presenting age appropriate and correct geoscience topics.

And how about the problem of students 'learning' science from movies and
television?  How do we 'unlearn'  these concepts - I sure can't compete
with Hollywood special effects!!!

Jenelle D. Hopkins, NBCT
Earth and Environmental Science Teacher
Centennial High School
10200 Centennial Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada   89149
Phone:  799-3440

It is precisely for this that I love geology.  It is infinite and
ill-defined: like poetry, it immerses itself in mysteries and floats among
them without drowning.  It does not manage to lay bare the unknown, but it
flaps the surrounding veils to and fro, and every so often gleams of light
escape and dazzle one's vision.

R. Töpffer, Nouvelles genevoises (1841)