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THE CRISIS IN SCIENCE EDUCATION?

Our nation is facing more crises than ever before in history (Leon Panetta, World Ocean Conference 06).

THE HEALTH CRISIS

Proper fitness and wellness is so important in a society of sendentary life styles, fast food, and demanding pressures.

"Indeed, hypertension, high cholesterol, “diabesity” associated with sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diets and excessive stress have now reached pandemic proportions. And these pandemics make the bird flu look like a picnic in the park. Many of our overweight children already have hypertension and will acquire Type II diabetes within the next 10 years."

Cleaves M. Bennett, M.D

THE ENERGY CRISIS

Our fossil fuel supply is not replinishing and people are angry about the rising costs for gas and electricity. Alternative forms of energy exist and we should move much more quickly in that direction.

OCEAN CRISIS

We used to think our ocean was too big to hurt. Not true. Our ocean is dying (Ocean In Crisis, Amrica's Ocean In Crisis, Destructive Fishing Causing Ocean Crisis). We need comprehensive world-wide collaboratives to turn it around.

JOB CRISIS

The nation's economy has nearly 79,000 fewer private-sector jobs than when President George W. Bush took office (Job Crisis in America, The Job Crisis). What’s more, the 7.7 million officially unemployed represents only about 57 percent of all U.S. workers—approximately 13.6 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—who are either unemployed, underemployed in part-time jobs out of economic necessity or who have become so discouraged that they have given up looking for work. Further, a vast majority of jobs that are going to be available in the future will require a college education a involve science, engineering or technology applications. Where are the people who can only perform at service level jobs going to go?

EDUCATION CRISIS

And most significantly of all, we are facing a true crisis in our educational system. The crisis in science and technology education (Rising Above the Gathering Storm, The Quiet Crisis in Education, Math&Science Education Alert) clearly shows that less and less science and technology courses are being taught in schools at upper grade levels (Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy, Project 2061,TIMSS Report). Student statewide and national science test scores are mediocre at best (Nation’s Report Card). Our country is rapidly declining in the number of scientists and engineers we produce. It is no wonder we are falling behind in technology research and development (Time, 2006, What Scientist Shortage).

Science, math, health, and technology education can make all the difference in alleviating the crises that lead to a degradation our society.

If this nation is to maintain a top position in the world market we need to increase student interest in science and technology and foster programs that excite and educate on local, state, and national levels (e.g., Exxon Mobil Math Science Expansion). Informal learning in science, mathematics, and technology is where we learn most of what we know (Science is Everywhere, LIFE Center). Creating new kinds of informal learning environments that go beyond the traditional classroom can have a profound impact on the future of our country.

Derrick Lavoie, Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

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