Editor’s Corner: Why Study Environmental Issues? by: Steve Metz

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There are many compelling reasons to include environmental education (EE) in our science classes. Environmental issues are interdisciplinary—facilitating their inclusion in both physical and life science. They are also complex, providing students with the opportunity to investigate multivariable systems and appreciate the “messy” world of real science. Modern technology allows students to access authentic environmental data sets from multiple sources—many in real time—and design inquiry experiments and collect their own data. As this issue of The Science Teacher suggests, creating greener chemistry laboratories and including environmental topics in all courses are a good start.

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  • on Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:45 PM

This article takes about the importance of learning about environmental issues starting from a young age. I choose to read this article, because it talks about how learning at a young age about he environment will have positive effect on the students at that age.


  • on Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:01 PM

This article is a very short editorial on why environmental science education needs to move center in science education. The article presents powerful reasons for more environmental science education and a few resources to investigate for additional information.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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