Wheresas in our state, "No Child Left Behind" played a part of why we  
do have more rigorous science frameworks with more comprehensive  
coverage of geology/earth science integrated across 1st through high  
school (whereas it was only in the 8th grade).  So, we are gaining  
more footing in our region.  Our state ed dept has introduced science  
benchmarks, so that it isn't only reading literacy and math getting  
the time and (financial) resources.

It does vary state to state.  Links for state-level science  
"frameworks" are available on the GSA education site (visit

Wendi J. W. Williams, Ph.D.
Science / Research Instructor
Pre-College Programs / Upward Bound
University of Arkansas
P.O. Box 4806
Fayetteville, AR  72702

(479) 422-3988
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Quoting "Jenelle D. Hopkins" <[log in to unmask]>:

> 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)