It's a common complaint among teachers I've talked to, especially at the secondary-school level, that geology is an underdog subject. We all cheered when the state of Texas added an Earth-science requirement to its curriculum a few years ago. That was an exception. Probably the best thing would be for teachers of other subjects to use geologic problems as teaching moments and lab assignments. Doesn't happen.
I think the reason geology doesn't get enough respect from teachers of other sciences may be because Earth, in the broadest historical sense, is such a difficult subject. My belief is that geology is a mother science, because Earth is just where we live. Physics and chemistry arose in the effort to make sense of mineralstheir weird transformations and optical effects, their power to affect plants and animals. It took centuries of technique to purify substances and figure out their deeper nature in laboratories. That process has advanced so far that today we are an indoor species that teaches chemistry in principle, using pure chemicals, and clean Newtonian physics in sterile classrooms.
The practice of real science is not an exercise but is messy and uncertain. Classroom lessons ought to be more like reality. We're like people who only learn cooking from cans and powders instead of raw foods. And when science is in the news, as it is in connection with natural threats and natural disasters, that schooling does not serve us as a society.