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ERIC Number: EJ1098565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Teaching Geosciences in Mississippi
Dewey, Christopher; Beasley, Rodney W.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n1 Win 2007
Historically, two paths have developed in an individual and communal search for understanding and meaning: The study of science and the search for a higher spirituality. Although they should not necessarily be mutually exclusive, the history of science is littered with the collision of these two pathways, for rarely have they met without acrimonious debate. Discussion of the dichotomies between intelligent design and natural process evolution is both timely and critical in the light of: 1. Declining student competencies in scientific literacy in the United States, and 2. A burgeoning global population facing environmental, energy and natural resource crises. In 2007, the Mississippi Science Framework revision will increase the grade school science requirement to six semesters by adding two semesters of geosciences. Statewide, more than 12,000 seventh, eighth and ninth graders will be affected each year. As profound as this curriculum change might be, educators and administrators alike are wary of tackling the issues of science and faith that will arise in the classroom. Scientific investigation is a journey into the mysteries of the universe and a quest for higher truths. Science repeatedly demonstrates that yesterday's certainty is tomorrow's doubt. Regardless of personal belief systems, in an open and tolerant environment, science can be used as a tool for penetrating deeper philosophical questions thereby allowing students to find their own answers. Our recommendation is to offer rock solid science, encourage open discussion and enhance student achievement in the sciences. Such is the path of discovery and wonder.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
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