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Standards vary for EH curricula.

Environmental health science is getting short shrift short shrift
1. Summary, careless treatment; scant attention: These annoying memos will get short shrift from the boss.

2. Quick work.

 in some K-12 schools, according to an analysis in the May 2006 Journal of Geoscience ge·o·sci·ence  
Any one of the sciences, such as geology or geochemistry, that deals with the earth.

 Education. Students in some states "study the air, water, rocks, plants, and animals, but don't study any object or process caused by humans. In other states, human-environment (H-E) interactions are shoved into all sorts of nooks and crannies Noun 1. nooks and crannies - something remote; "he explored every nook and cranny of science"
nook and cranny

detail, item, point - an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"
 in the science standards," says lead author Kim Kastens, a senior research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is a world-class research institution specializing in the Earth sciences and is part of Columbia University. The current director of Lamont is G. Michael Purdy.  of Columbia University.

Kastens and Margaret Turrin, education coordinator at Lamont-Doherty, examined science education standards in 49 states (Iowa has no statewide standards), focusing on courses required for graduation. All state standards included at least minimal discussion of H-E interactions, but 15 state standards included less than 1 discussion of H-E topics a year, on average. Only 2 states averaged more than 5 discussions a year.

State curricula more often included information on how humans affect the environment than on how the environment affects humans and human society. Curricula were least likely to include information on ways the actions and decisions of individuals in their daily lives impact the environment; only 57% of state standards included such information.

The paucity of H-E information is at odds with the National Science Education Standards The National Science Education Standards (NSES) are a set of guidelines for the science education in primary and secondary schools in the United States, as established by the National Research Council in 1996.  developed by the NAS (1) See network access server.

(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular
, says Bora bo·ra  
A violent, cold, northeasterly winter wind on the Adriatic Sea.

[Italian dialectal, from Latin Bore
 Simmons, director of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education of the North American North American

named after North America.

North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.

North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus.
 Association of Environmental Educators. Indeed, it counters surveys conducted by Roper Reports/NOP World for the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation showing that 95% of adults and 96% of parents support teaching children about the environment. This general support for H-E education may not be reflected in some standards because of concerns that such topics could generate controversy, says Simmons. "Many standards have not one word on global warming," adds Kastens.

Kastens and Turrin did find H-E information in standards for other disciplines including health, geography, and consumer studies. For example, in some states children are taught that recycling is healthy, says Kastens, but they don't necessarily learn the scientific reasoning behind such assertions--information that could well be taught in science class.

The analysis calls for more and better-integrated H-E education so students can build their understanding of environmentally sustainable choices and actions. Kastens says, "An education system that never asks students to think about the impact of their actions on the environment now and in the future is a flawed system."
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Title Annotation:EDUCATION
Author:Freeman, Kris
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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