National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section Newsletter
Email Edition - Winter /Spring 2003
|The President's Thoughts|
This is my last column as sectional President for SE NAGT.
At the Memphis GSA meeting in March, David Kopaska-Merkel will
assume the roll of President. I would like to take the opportunity to thank
those that helped me in my tenure over the past two years. Pam Gore, who has served in several capacities
for NAGT, including President, has been a consummate Secretary/Treasurer
and has been instrumental in the health of the section.
I had an interesting conversation last weekend
(last week in January) at the annual officer’s retreat for the Tennessee
Earth Science Teachers (TEST). I
listened to Linda Jordan, the Tennessee State Science Consultant as she
explained the mindset of K-12 education, grants, teacher development,
and higher education’s role in this arena, at least for
We have a great mission ahead of us…Earth Science parity! Not just in word, but in deed. Our colleges and universities must provide the stimulus for this by developing standards and acknowledging that advance (note my word here) Earth Science (perhaps better Earth Systems) and Geology should be developed and encouraged as a college entrance lab science. We need assessment tests to validate them, AP programs, and most importantly we need to, at every turn, demonstrate the utility, pervasiveness, and usefulness of our discipline.
It is true that the National Standards emphasize the parity of Earth sciences, and that many state standards have Earth Sciences as major components….but ask yourself, or better yet, pick up the phone and ask the education department…how many of your education majors are going into Earth Science? Then ask yourself two questions: why? And what can I do about that?
I wish you all best educational wishes and successful classrooms. Thanks for the two years.
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