Our children have become disconnected from nature at a time when understanding the natural world is most important. We cannot escape from ecological truths, nor can we run headlong into the future without a clear perspective of where we are headed. Already we face ever increasing environmental challenges brought on by climate change. In addition,we are headed toward a rapidly increasing population growth due to reach 9.6 billion people by mid-century. The timing couldn’t be worse for the US to be experiencing an alarming slip in the academic standing of American students on the global stage … creating a perfect storm for disaster. We need to seriously reevaluate not only what type of information our students are learning in school, but also how that information is being delivered, in order to utilize valuable class time to adequately prepare them for the future.
Check out the links below for more information on green schools. Also go to the Teach Green Screening Room for a glimpse into the future of education.
The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education http://cloudinstitute.org/
The Green Schools Initiative http://www.greenschools.net/
California Nature Plant Society Nature Journal Writing Curriculum – Integrating Art, Science and Language Arts
The Flipped Classroom
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, by Salman Kahn (New York, NY: Twelve, 2012)
The Flipped Class: What it is and What it is Not, by Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmeyer and Brett Wilie (The Daily Riff, April 14, 2012) http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/the-flipped-class-conversation-689.php
The Common Core State Standards Initiative