Americans Are Missing a Key Stratum of Modern Knowledge

| June 1, 2022 | Leave a Comment

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Date of Publication: May 4

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: The Atlantic

Author(s): Kendra Pierre-Louis

To understand how climate change is altering our planet, it helps to know a little Earth science.

There are three things that I remember from my high-school Earth-science class: the swirling pink cover of the study book designed to help us pass New York State’s year-end test, the football player who seemed more intent on torturing me than on learning, and a nagging sense that what I was taking wasn’t “really” science.

The idea that Earth science barely counts as science is so woven into the educational landscape that it can feel like a truism instead of a choice.

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