Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Benefits of Environmental Education

Often we get caught up in the "academic" or "core" subjects as the impetus for good education. Certainly these are very important components to a solid education. But in an online course I am taking on Environmental Education, the reasons for implementing an environmental component into education seem to be powerful, particlarly as we march forward to a future with global warming and increased scarcity of biodiversity and resources. In a recent assignment we were asked to compile a "Top Ten" reasons for implementing an environmentally based education program at schools. Here's what I came up with:

  • Allows for a practical application of educational concepts across all disciplines and divisions.
  • Provides opportunities for positive collaboration (both for teachers and students)
  • Gives students a chance to participate in integrated, cross-curricular education.
  • Provides a whole-school sense of purpose.
  • Establishes a framework for whole-school expectation of learning.
  • Gives students a chance for direct action research and learning.
  • Provides students with skills and knowledge to become global citizens.
  • Allows students to apply skills in problem-solving.
  • Increases leadership opportunities for students.
  • Applies to all real-life and authentic settings, preparing students for whatever future they choose to follow.

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