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Things You Do NOT
Need To Know In Science

(according to the Illinois Science Standards)

Compiled by Kevin Killion


The Illiois State Board of Education would have you believe that our official state standards for science education are tough and demanding.

But what could possibly be the point of a science standard that doesn't even mention "mammals", "machine", "electronics", "acid", "radiation", "reptile", "dinosaur", "evolution", "pollution", "oxygen", "organ", "muscle", "brain", "lung", "heart", "smell", "taste", "touch", "skin", "fat", "sugar", "salt", "volcano", "geology", "meteorology", "astronomy", "eclipse", "sunrise" or "sunset"?

Here is a sampling of words that do not appear anywhere in the Illinois science standard, for any grade level from first grade through senior year high school.

Illinois has tough standards on science? Yeah, right.


metal
mineral
crystal
proton
neutron
electron
electronics
electricity
charge
positive
negative
ion
switch
circuit
vacuum
machine
gear
level
screw
pulley
inert
density (of matter)
conduct (electricity)
isotope
buoyancy
alloy
freeze, freezing
acid
pole
reflect, reflection
refraction
shadow
spectrum
lens
optic, optical
transparent
opaque
radiate, radiation
radioactive
convection
evaporate
evaporation
velocity
average
magnitude
static
tension
compression
insect
fish
amoeba
reptile
dinosaur
mammal
inhabit
herbivore
carnivore
omnivore
microorganism
bacteria
virus, viral
fungus, fungi
kingdom
phylum, phyla
genus
species
sex, sexual
male
female
fertilize, fertilization
sperm
ovum, ova
egg
larva
germinate, germination
pollinate, pollination
pollen
evolve
evolution
selection
dominant
recessive
pollute, pollution
meteorology
climate
Ice Age
glacier
mountain
river
lake
desert
grassland
forest
rainforest
wetland
shelter
nutrient
photosynthesis
chlorophyll
greenhouse
ozone
oxygen
carbon
nitrogen
dioxide
hydrogen
helium
sodium
uranium
respiration
organ
muscle
brain
neuron, neural
mouth
lung
heart (organ)
kidney
throat
esophagus
liver
stomach
intestine
colon
urine
digest, digestion
sense, sensation
hear, hearing
smell
taste, tasting (sense)
touch
skin
retina
iris
pupil
protein
carbohydrate
fat
sugar
salt
vitamin
joint
spine, spinal
vein
artery
skeleton, skeletal
tornado
volcano, volcanic
eruption
magma
lava
crust
mantle
core
organic
inorganic
soil
sediment
sedimentary
metamorphic
igneous
ore, ores
geology, geologic
astronomy
relativity
grow, growth
telescope
microscope
meteor, meteorite
sunrise
sunset
eclipse
rocket
missile
Viking
Voyager
Mariner
Pioneer
Apollo
Gemini
Mercury
Hubble
shuttle
Eratothenes
Da Vinci
Galileo
Newton
Copernicus
Darwin
Curie
Darwin
Carver
Goodall
Wright
Edison
Doppler
Jenner
Pasteur
Bell
Mendel
Einstein



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