It’s Earth Day! A great post about how it should be dealt with in school is at: http://moderndaychris.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/earth-day-why-education-should-focus-on-the-environment/
It’s a short read. Please do take the time to look at it and I have a comment about my experiences with kids learning about the environment at my son’s old school here in Bahrain, “Agree with you 100%. And schools and teachers must, please, lead the way. I had such an argument with my son’s old school. The Year 2s (6 and 7 year olds) were putting on a school play called ‘Eddie the Penguin Saves the World’ – schools around the world have performed this play, it’s got a great environmental theme with lots of parts for all the children. It’s great. Please do look it up on the Net if you’re interested in it for your school.
But my son’s school didn’t advocate that children’s parents use recycled materials for the costumes, even though it was perfectly possible and would have been a great craft project for the kids, that would have instigated so much fabulous discussion about why they were making the costumes this way. The school didn’t see the need. The teacher said recycling wasn’t of interest to parents in this country and her job was to put on ‘the best looking production possible’ . She said the play was chosen not for its environmental theme, which has no resonance here, but purely for the large number of parts! We live in the highest polluting area in the world, per capita. I was so exasperated! I said that the school, teachers, should be taking the moral high-ground in order to educate pupils and parents about what is right in this world – and being more environmentally responsible – starting with recycling as a bare minimum but also including all the topics listed by Chris, is essential. Well, we had to leave the school earlier than we had planned in order to follow our environmental values. We were that upset! So, great post and yes, let’s have this discussion in schools as often as possible! But at least on Earth Day!!”