Neglected Subjects

Freeland, Sherry
February 1983
Education Digest;Feb1983, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p62
The article focuses on the ignorance of students to energy problems in the U.S. A survey by the National Science Teachers Association showed that nearly half of the nation's elementary school teachers and about 60 percent of secondary instructors say students' knowledge in that area is poor. School districts, the teachers said, have failed to make a strong commitment to energy education. Six out of 10 of the 7,000 teachers questioned said little or no emphasis had been given to energy issues in curriculum policies or guidelines. Seventy percent of those who taught energy subjects said they did so because of personal initiative. The Center for Science in the Public interest analyzed high school textbooks and said students using four out of five of them would be assured of being nutrition illiterates. The textbooks emphasize the old basic four food groups, but do not distinguish differences in the groups, such as the difference between hot dogs and chicken, both of which are in the meat/poultry/fish group.


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