"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, February 08, 2008

Presidential Candidates' Question # 3: Environment

Question for all the candidates:

While there is no doubt that schools at all levels should provide children and adults with the skills to "compete in the global economy," there is even a more compelling and immediate need to prepare children and adults to "cooperate in the global ecology." Troubling, irrefutable scientific evidence tells us that unless the global warming problem is solved, all the economic preparedness that we can muster will be for naught as coastal cities go under water and large numbers of animal species go extinct and large portions of the earth become uninhabitable. Ecological science, lifestyle awareness, and environmental career goal setting must begin in early childhood and remain a prominent priority through high school if civilization is going to solve the problem of climate change before we pass the tipping point of no return.

What will your administration do in terms of specific initiatives to give "cooperation in the global ecology" the same educational priority as "competition in the global economy"?

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