Children start to appreciation nature at a very young age. This inspires schools to begin environmental education for kids as early as possible. Adults are sometimes unaware that children watch and imitate their attitudes and actions towards living things. If you want your children to be environmental-friendly, you must start teaching them the best ways on how to take good care of the environment. it is important that you teach them these things at an early age since this is the time where they start to build their foundation in life. As to what the famous quotes says, “You cannot teach old dogs, new tricks.”
After years of drought followed by overfilled dams, it feels like extreme weather is impacting our daily lives more and more.
In many ways, California is a leader in environmental policy. Now, an initiative to develop a standard environmental curriculum for California schools is finally materializing in the classroom.
For a deeper look into how environmental education is working its way into lesson plans across the state, Take Two’s A Martinez spoke with Carolyn Jones. She’s been writing about this for the online publication, EdSource.org.
“This is an effort statewide to get all kids in California, regardless of where they live, a really top-notch environmental education,” said Jones.
California’s goal is to encourage “environmental literacy.” Jones defined that as “how humans impact the natural world and our own immediate environments. “That’s everything from little kids learning to pick up trash, save water, and recycle, all the way up to 12th graders learning about the economics of global agriculture.”
Kids will be getting environmental education not just in their science curriculum but also in their history curriculum, and social science, and English and math as well. They’ll be getting it many different ways, all the way through the pipeline.
It’s kind of built-in naturally with what they would be learning anyway in the classroom. For example, 4th graders in California all learn about the missions and the Gold Rush. So now, when they learn about the missions, they’re also going to learn about bringing agriculture to California and what impact that’s had. And how the Spanish didn’t just bring missions, they brought invasive plants and the impact of that. And when they look at the Gold Rush, they’re going to look at the impact of gold extraction. What happens when you put a bunch of silt in a river for example. And also what happens when you get these very rapidly growing new cities all of the sudden. In 12th grade, they’ll be looking at economic issues, environmental justice, and public health and so forth.
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