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Environmental education or environmental indoctrination?

Posted in Global Warming, Globalism by maasanova on February 14, 2009

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Could environmental education be crossing into environmental indoctrination? Some critics say yes, as schools boast that such curricula simply is teaching children ways of caring for the earth.

Being a “good” student at Western Avenue Elementary School in Flossmoor, Ill., means more than just doing reading, writing and arithmetic well. It also means trying to save the planet.

“It’s really important to help the earth and save the polar bears,” 9-year-old Duree Everett said, as she colored a “go green” sign at her desk.

The students are taking part in what’s called “National Green Week,” organized by the Green Education Foundation. Schools across the country are encouraged to teach children about recycling, global warming and carbon footprints.

“It’s important to start creating habits now, while children are young, because it can add up over a lifetime to make huge monumental consequences to the environment,” said Victoria Waters, president of the Green Education Foundation.

Children as young as 5 years old are told to avoid plastic water bottles, carry lunches in reusable containers, to conserve water and reduce their trash, both at school and at home. They’re also taught that planet earth is in trouble and animals’ lives could be in danger.

While that may seem politically correct to many people, all the talk of “green” is making some people see red. Critics say using public schools as a means to change habits and opinions on things such as ecology and global warming, amounts to environmental religion, because the beliefs of some are being forced on all children. The kids are then pressured to bring that information home and impose it on their families.

Angela Logomasini, from a free-market environmental policy group called the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says it’s political indoctrination.

“I think children should not be forced to take one set of values over another,” Logomasini said. “This isn’t simply about controlling litter, like we had in the ’70s. It’s more about recycling, living organically — it’s a lifestyle choice that is being forced on students whether they like it or not, whether parents like it or not.”

Logomasini said this type of teaching doesn’t belong in taxpayer funded schools — students should be “learning science and they should be learning different perspectives from which they can make a critical analysis,” rather than being taught that there’s only one viewpoint.

Many school districts across the country are now offering teacher’s lesson plans on environmental issues. Students in Los Angeles, Ohio and Texas are all practicing waste reduction in the classroom.

Western Avenue Elementary School principal Jennifer Camilleri insists students aren’t pressured to make changes, just taught information that makes them want to change.

“They really weren’t aware of the amount of trash they were producing based upon their snacks and their lunch, until we had the experiment where we weighed all the trash we collected from the classrooms and the kids,” she said. “It was as if a light went on in their heads.”

She said for these kids, the lessons will last much longer than just the seven days of National Green Week because teachers talk about environmental issues all year long.

Several parents at the elementary school say they support the program and have learned “green” measures from their children. They’ve even formed a “green team” to educate other parents and children about their environmental concerns.

Teachers say they hope the lessons from National Green Week will keep being recycled, as students pass along the information to others, forming habits they claim will lead to greener pastures for planet earth in the future.


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  3. kris said, on February 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Ah, so true. I had yesterday a class which doing a science fair project using aquariums to simulate environments. This to investigate “global warming”. You can bet your dollar bills that they are not being taught that this kind of simulation can not even come close to reproducing the real world of ocean currents and atmospheric conditions, not to mention the rotation of the earth and the vagaries of the sun. Yet, IT IS WRITTEN, as they were taught to write, that man is the cause of this insignificant warming to date. We must “Save the Planet” it says everywhere in the classroom—actually we must save free thought, critical thinking and real intelligence from teachers and “environmental” schools that teach the outdated, passe theory of AGW.

  4. kris said, on February 14, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    By the way, I’m for recycling and all that…I was an ecology club member in the 70’s when it was an incredibly geeky, read: LOSER NERD, thing to do, not “fashionable” as it is now, so I’ve got my own ideas about this quasi-religious trend of greenism.

    I prefer the words “Preserve” or “Conserve” the planet. “Save” is an exaggeration. I believe the world will more likely destroy us before we could come close to destroying it. I’m not shaking in my boots either way unless its another earthquake.

  5. maasanova said, on February 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    LOL ecology club! I’m glad I heard this alternative view of global warming because I had almost accepted AGW as fact, even though in the back of my head, the whole concept just didn’t add up to me. I’ve written two other global warming posts (not just copied from other sources) that you might be interested in reading. Thanks for visiting.

  6. kris said, on February 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Oh yeah, we were such nerds–went on nature hikes and such. Now it’s cool stuff. Who would’ve thought I’d be ahead of my time??? 😉

  7. kris said, on February 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, I’d accepted AGW too until a person whom I’d thought of as not-so-bright bought everything in Gore’s movie as true. It’s a “What’s wrong with this picture?” moment. I then began to get away from the newspapers and popular “cult”—ture of climate articles.

    Once you dig into the science and alternate views the causes of the slight warming in the northern hemisphere are not so cut-and-dried. Add to that the drive for people who make a living off AGW research, etc., to preserve their incomes and we have a tidy little tidal wave of environmental nonsense drowning out common sense preservation.

    I’ll look to your other posts.

  8. maasanova said, on February 15, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Oh, I fixed the link so that when you click the image it takes you to a video of little climate cultist children. Check out the level of brainwashing in that video.

  9. The Future of Work « manumit said, on May 18, 2011 at 2:26 am

    […] never read any right-wing columnists, a substantial portion of whose ink is spelt bemoaning the indoctrination of their children, who bound home from school to berate their parents for not recycling […]

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