Polluting our children in the name of “environmental literacy.”
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The guide also suggests the schools should convince students that we are on the brink of an environmental crisis, stating students shall “[i]nvestigate, analyze and explain how human impacts threaten current global stability and if not addressed, will irreversibly affect earth’s systems.”
Proponents of Maryland’s new requirement argue that environmental education boosts student performance by involving their local environments in a hands-on way that will motivate them to achieve.
But while the importance of hands-on experience and enthusiasm to academic success is widely accepted, there are plenty of ways to incorporate these things into public education without telling students what environmentally oriented laws to support and what political opinions to hold. Labs, for instance, or environmental education that is based in science rather than political ideology are excellent ways to get students to experience first-hand the subjects about which they learn.
Instead, Maryland has opted for a new mandate for its public schools, which will remove power from local high schools, giving the State Superintendent the authority to audit their curricula for adherence to environmental literacy standards (whatever they are), and possibly forcing them to limit other areas of education to make room for the environment.
As Jennings told Fox, “They can’t just keep adding on and on, so they will have to make room for this by pushing other things out of the curriculum…”
In fact, in a document published on the Maryland Department of Education website, John Franklin of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development concedes there is a conflict between time devoted to environmental literacy and time devoted to more traditional subjects, such as science and math. Franklin, alas, was arguing that the push to divert money toward math and science education is misguided.
With national math and science scores lagging and thousands of young minds vulnerable to school-driven political influence, the country should think carefully before following Maryland’s lead on environmental education.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?