A Thought For Earth Day! Should Climate Change Be Taught In The Classroom?

Well here we are April 22nd. The 112th day of the year and it happens to be Earth Day. In 2016 the Paris Agreement on climate change is signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change!  4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did. More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides.  Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school.

A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory  86% agree that climate change should be taught. And yet, as millions of students around the globe participate in Earth Day events today it doesn’t seem to be happening.  Although most states have classroom standards that at least mention human-caused climate change, most teachers aren’t actually talking about climate change in their classrooms. And fewer than half of parents have discussed the issue with their children. However, almost a third of all teachers say that when it comes to teaching climate change, they worry about parent complaints. So what’s your stand on this issue? Do you think climate change is important enough to be taught in the classroom?

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