Balanced Minds - Comparative Risk Education
say that most Americans will learn only as much science as is
required to obtain a high school diploma or college degree. Yet,
science has a profound influence on our lives. We make decisions
about health and the environment as we vote for political representatives
with particular viewpoints; participate in community affairs and
make personal lifestyle choices.
In the information age, we have ready access to a bewildering
array of media reports and electronic communications on issues
of all types. Sorting through and critically analyzing the ever-growing
stores of information on any given issue is a great challenge.
One goal of RFHEE is to promote sound science and risk education
to help children and adults learn how to evaluate both local and
global health and environmental issues.
RFHEE has partnered with Project Learning TreeŽ (PLT), the award-winning,
multi-disciplinary environmental education program of the American
Forest Foundation, to develop and distribute educational modules
on science and risk.
As a result of this partnership, PLT developed Focus on Risk,
a module for students in grades 9-12. Focus on Risk encourages
students to learn how to assess environmental and human health
issues. Currently, PLT is working to update and expand this module
for Kindergarten through 12th grades and is focusing on comparative
In six years, today's 6th graders will be voting. Providing
students with this critical thinking tool will allow them to become
better informed Americans.