The Resurgence of Environmental Education
"In an article in the Harvard Education Letter, Lucy Hood looks at the resurgence of Environmental Education. Teachers say the subject gives ample opportunity for inquiry-based instruction, and for teaching students to be thoughtful and analytical about their work.... the intent is not to take sides but to teach students about the complex interactions between human systems and natural systems, and to show them how to make informed and responsible decisions about their lives and the environment. Environmental education engages students because it's a topic easily made relevant to everyday lives. "They have a reason for learning it," says Day. "When you reinforce it from one subject to the next, they start to put pieces together and they feel like they have some understanding of the world in which they live." When that happens, they also start to understand the role they play in the world. "It starts to make sense," he says. "It's empowering." "