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Educators need depth of knowledge to explain earth sciences

The The Daily Sun,

Hurricanes and storm surges, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, sinkholes and volcanic eruptions. Even eclipses, solar flares and the resulting beautiful auroras. Daily news is dominated by these naturally occurring events, especially the catastrophic ones. An understanding of the what, where, and why of these natural phenomena comes from having an education in the field of the earth sciences. The morning after one of these events, teachers have “a teachable moment.” Students are curious, wanting to understand these events making the news. Educators need to have the willingness and depth of knowledge to be able to explain and answer student questions.

The events experienced in recent months underscore the importance of earth science topics in the teaching of well-informed students. We are all inhabitants of this small blue planet and understanding it will help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s stewards.

The Geological Society of New Hampshire has two grant opportunities to support professional development and equipment for the classroom. (See http://www.gsnh.org/lincoln-r-page-fund.html and http://www.gsnh.org/classroom-grant.html.)

Tina Cotton

Andover

 

  • Written by Edward Engler
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No recreation trail is going to generate the $100k for the state

To The Daily Sun,

Wow, the Plymouth and Lincoln (passenger excursion trains) bring in $100,000 to the state? That seems like a no-brainer.

No recreation trail is going to generate that income. You would have to charge a user fee, and we know how popular that would be. The fact that the railroad is taking in so much money says that the residents and visitors to the state put a dollar value to the railroad. They might value a trail, too, but there's already a trail to ride, plus you've got the Northern Rail Trail.

Russell Nelson
Weare

  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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