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What should be taught in the schools, as we continue into the future (under construction).

Students should finish high school with a good understanding of where humans came from, and of our place in the universe, up to the present.

For the most part, what is taught in schools lags behind what we know/understand.

Of course the construction of detailed curricula, the methods use to impart the information, the construction of lessons, the use of visual aids and media to assist understanding, etc., etc., is a matter for content experts and education experts in the various fields. .

Also, the coverage in the modules outlined below is quite extensive, and there is certainly too much information overall to cover in the years of elementary-, middle- and high school, especially after factoring all the other material that needs to be covered. Consequently, some choices will need to be made about which content to include in each module, while still presenting the overall picture.

The content in the various pop-up boxes reflects my own non-specialist understanding of these topics, acquired mostly from Wikipedia, and in any proper school curriculum will certainly need to be re-written by experts in the various fields.

After expanding any of the accordion tabs, click on any of the topic links to get a popup window with a brief description of the topic, and a link to the Wikipedia page with a more detailed description of the topic.

Remark: At this time, this page (with its many popups and hover boxes) is not designed for viewing on mobile devices, although the popups and hover boxes appear to work on android phones (and possibly other types of phone).

The reason for the accordions, popup, and tooltip boxes is to allow for rapid navigation between topics.
If you find a topic that you wish to read more about, it is strongly recommended that you follow the link (which may be found at the bottom of the popup- and tooltip boxes) to the corresponding page on Wikipedia, where the article will be more legible and where there will be more live links.

Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image of the Universe
(image used since it is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and ESA).

The aim here should be to leave students with an understanding of the earth's place in space and time, how it arose in terms of the processes that led to stellar and planetary formation, how the earth and the solar system relate to the rest of the universe, both in terms of the vastness of space and the history of the universe since the Big Bang.

Topics that should be covered include (click on a heading to open a popup window):

The Big Bang The expanding Universe Estimates of the age the universe Estimates of the number of stars in the universe
Estimates of the size of the universe Large-scale structure of the universe Formation of stars and galaxies The Milky Way Formation of The Solar System The Sun, Planets and Other Bodies in The Solar System The various types of star and the life and death of stars The various types of galaxy, and the origins, life and death of galaxies Other Matter and Energy in the Universe The future history of the Universe

For more information, see
Chronology of the universe .

Artist's impression of the surface of the early earth
(image used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license).

The aim here is to explain how the present physical earth (everything apart from life forms) arose from the time when the material in the earth coalesced from a dispersed cloud of gas and dust in space into the primeval earth around 4.6 billion years ago (as outlined elsewhere, in another module).
This area of information should include explanations of the origin and development of all the major features of the earth, the transitions they went through over time, and how these processes causing these changes continue to shape the earth.

Topics covered should include:

Formation of the Earth 4.6 billion years ago Formation and History of the Atmosphere Formation and History of the Oceans Formation of the Moon Formation of the Earth's Crust, Mantle and Core Formation of Continents, Continental Drift The Covering and Uncovering of the Land by the Sea over Millions of Years Formation of Mountains, and their Erosion over Time Creation of Rocks and Rock Strata Changing Extent of Snow/Ice Coverage, Past Ice Ages Weathering and Erosion of Rocky Material to Create a Soil Covering and the variety of features found at the Earth's surface Development of Weather and Climate Patterns Transition to Coverage with Plant and Animal Lifeforms