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Environmental education - an endangered species

The next big thing to corporate oil interests educating BC kids is gutting  environmental education.  If they know nothing they'll say nothing.  Does not bode well for future generations.  "Greenie" kids will be extinct.  Read more.

I wanted to let you know here is a fight going on to protect nature education in BC Schools and we need your help.

The BC government is proposing a new curriculum that makes environmental education (EE) the newest endangered species in British Columbia. EE presently exist in every grade level in both science and social studies. Students learn to be aware of and appreciate nature, understand basic concepts of ecology like habitats and food chains, and practice responsible citizenship as they take on projects to care for the environment.  All that is in danger of going the way of the Dodo in a new curriculum that removes nature education in some grades altogether while greatly diminishing its effectiveness in others.

Some of you may know we have been lobbying the Ministry of Education to make changes so as to include Environmental Education at every grade level in the new curriculum as it is now. We have had articles published in the Tyee News in Vancouver, the Times Colonist, Focus Magazine, The Watershed Sentinel, BC Nature and others, and we have had two radio shows on CFAX on this topic. Many of you have written letters to the Ministry of Education expressing your concerns. Click on the links below to see some of the results of our efforts to date.
http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/01/10/New-BC-Curriculum/

http://www.timescolonist.com/comment-environmental-education-essential-for-students-1.813491

http://www.cfax1070.com/Media/CFAX-Podcasts/Ian-Jessop/January-2-2014-2pm


Our letter writing campaign and media pressure motivated Ministry of Education staff to contact us and arrange a meeting to discuss the issue.  While they were very open to participating in dialogue and feedback, and have acknowledged the need for more environmental education, they have been unable to make the kind of changes that would ensure every child receives an environmental education experience in every grade. Their half hearted measures to include environmental education indicates they have failed to recognize the growing public demand for outdoor pre schools, kindergartens, and nature schools. Their lack of action shows they do not understand how important nature based education is for proper child development. And they still do not acknowledge the value of environmental education to inspire and engage both students and teachers so that their learning becomes more profound and effective in all ways.

To continue in our efforts to develop public awareness of this problem, and to illustrate to the Ministry of Education just how important nature education is to the general public, we would like to encourage you to sign a petition on this topic, hosted by the Sierra Club of Canada.


Check out the link below to add your name to the petition.


http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/take-action/education/curriculum

Please sign the petition and pass this email along to all of your contacts so we can make the biggest impression possible in the shortest time possible.

 

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CAPP's Energy IQ - Undermining Public Education

It concerns me greatly, both as a student and as a citizen, that our so-called “public education” isn't quite living up to its name.

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Public education, in my opinion, means education that is funded and run entirely by the government, rather than outside organizations. The moment that changes, we must start questioning who is getting involved in our education system, and what their motives are for doing so. A few months ago, an example of our education becoming not-so-public came to the attention of myself and my friend, Sophie Yamauchi.

This October, a new curriculum based program called Energy IQ was made available to teachers in schools all across Canada. This program was created by Canadian Geographic, and funded by none other than CAPP, or the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. CAPP is Canada's largest lobbyist group for the oil and gas industry. Energy IQ is an online resource for teachers to teach their students about the story of Canada's energy, and as you can imagine, it certainly doesn't do a very good job of including the whole story. A few things here and there are focused on renewable energy, but of course, they were added simply to cover up the gaping hole of missing information. This program can be used anywhere from grades 1 through 12. It is incredibly concerning to me that CAPP feels the need to move into schools to target extremely young children with their propaganda. How desperate are they, that they are willing to fund an entire program to get little kids excited about the fossil fuel industry? 

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