It’s Earth Day!

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!!”

 

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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